Chris Bosh opens up about how LeBron James told him he was leaving Heat
Appearing on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s podcast, “All The Smoke,” former Heat forward and LeBron James teammate Chris Bosh opened up about how he learned of James’ departure from Miami to rejoin the Cavs in the summer of 2014.
Speaking on the issue at the 58 eight minute mark of the episode, Bosh explained that he received a text from LeBron informing him of his decision to leave the Heat, to which the all star forward initially disbelieved. When the news became public a short 10 minutes later however, Bosh realized the message was in fact true.
“…At the time I didn’t understand it. At the time, in my mind, I was ready to put the team back together” Bosh said. “We had wanted to put the team back together so we could win, and it really didn’t go like that. I took offense to it, to be honest with you, at first. I was only thinking about how I felt about it, even though me and ‘Bron had talked about it. But I’m a competitor, and when you go back into that locker room and LeBron isn’t sitting in that chair, and everyone is looking at you for that 25 points [it’s tough]”
While the forward did say that the move worked out well for everyone, downplaying any notion of lingering animosity between the two, his comments do underscore the reported tension in the organization over James’ decision to depart the franchise. Though he has declined numerous opportunities to name the individual, LeBron has in the past spoken about a Heat official-widely believed to be Miami president Pat Riley- that attempted to get James to reconsider his move, saying that it would be “the worst decision of his career”.
Though Bosh would be unable to accrue another championship trophy with the Heat following LeBron’s departure, he did however, experience a renaissance in his career as a number-one option. No longer stuck behind James and a prime Dwayne Wade on the depth chart, Bosh became the focal point of the offense before a blood clot issue, forced him into an early retirement.