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Chris Bosh Responds To Failed Physical, Vows To Keep Trying To Play

Sep 24, 2016 3:48 PM

Chris Bosh released a statement about his failed physical and his plans to continue his comeback attempt. 

"I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 with Uninterrupted, Bosh Rebuilt today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," he continued. "Unfortunately, that is not the case. But that does not stop me from trying to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along in the journey with me. Just because the journey has ups and downs doesn't means I will stop sharing with you guys. I will just continue to share despite what's going on.

"Little setbacks happen, but that doesn't change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs. So, it's a down moment right now. But everything is going to be alright."

On Saturday afternoon, Bosh released Episode 2 of Rebuilt.

"Sometimes you just have to be broken down to rebuild yourself and come back better than ever," Bosh began saying in the clip. "We began to do our own research. We began to find articles. We began to find papers. We began to find other doctors who were not only forward thinking, but were specialists who could help and have dealt with athletes before. So, we decided to get smarter and just really hit the ground and just dig out as many clues as possible and we were able to find a few gems.

"The doctors I work with [say] its more so a matter of procedure. They have the formula. They take the blood. They study it. On blood thinners, off blood thinners. They get all the data possible to put their formula into it and customize it for me. It's not like I'm the first guy ever to do this. This is no experimental drug. This is a drug that people are very familiar with and numerous amounts of athletes have done this before me, which they some have been playing for years. So, it's not a matter of if I'm going to play again -- it's when.

"I'm in the gym everyday. I'm taking care of my body every day. That gives me the confidence to know that I can go out there and do my job. I'm one of the best players in the league. Whether I've been in the hospital or been in different situations it doesn't matter. I can still play the game."

Bosh recorded these clips weeks ago before he knew he had failed the physical and there was recurrence of clotting in his lung.

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Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

Heat Sign Keith Benson

Sep 23, 2016 5:25 PM

The Miami Heat have signed center Keith Benson. 

Benson spent last season with the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate, the 2016 champion Sioux Falls Skyforce, appearing in 49 games (23 starts) and averaged 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.57 blocks and 23.8 minutes while shooting 57.3 percent from the field. The 2016 NBA D-League All-Star appeared in all seven postseason games on the Skyforce’s path to the title averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.14 blocks and 17.8 minutes while shooting 59.2 percent from the field.

Benson has now played in 93 career NBA Development League games (60 starts) and averaged 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.58 blocks and 24.9 minutes while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He was previously signed by the Heat on August 25, 2015, appearing in five preseason games averaging 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 11.8 minutes before being waived on October 24, 2015. Additionally, Benson has appeared in three career NBA regular season games, all with Golden State, totaling three rebounds in nine minutes of action and has spent time playing professionally in Belarus, China, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy and the Philippines.

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Chris Bosh Fails Physical, Not Cleared For Training Camp

Sep 23, 2016 12:07 PM

Chris Bosh has failed his physical and has not been cleared for training camp with the Miami Heat.

Bosh is trying to return from blood clots.

Bosh has believed he'd found a medication regimen that would allow him to return to playing by using blood-thinning drugs that would be out of his system before playing or practicing. Bosh has consulted numerous physicians for opinions on treatment.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Heat increasingly believe Bosh's career with the franchise is over. Bosh hasn't wanted to speak with Pat Riley for months.

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Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Dorell Wright

Sep 22, 2016 3:38 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a camp deal with Dorell Wright.

The Clippers already have signed 15 players to guaranteed deals, which makes it unlikely Wright will make their regular season roster.

Wright finished last season with the Miami Heat after averaging 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes per game in China.

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Nevada Smith Named Head Coach Of Sioux Falls

Sep 21, 2016 1:23 PM

Nevada Smith has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

“We are excited to welcome Nevada back to the Development League in his role as head coach of the Skyforce,” said Skyforce General Manager Adam Simon. “His passion for coaching and his history of developing players make him a great addition to our organization. We look forward to Nevada applying the Heat culture to our developmental program in Sioux Falls.”

Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons spanning from 2013-15. Before coaching the Vipers, Smith spent two seasons as the head coach of the Keystone College Giants in Le Plume, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Keystone College, Smith had previously compiled nine years of collegiate coaching experience at Ithaca College, Allegheny College, Canton, and St. Lawrence University dating back to the 2002-03 season.

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Tags: Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

Chris Bosh Declares Himself 'Ready' For Training Camp

Sep 14, 2016 2:38 PM

Chris Bosh is ready for training camp with the Miami Heat after going through treatment and workouts this offseason.

"Absolutely (ready for training camp)," Bosh said in the podcast. "We've been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement in May that as soon as I'm ready to play, as soon as possible, I'll play.

"I'm ready. I've done all my work working with the doctors. I'm in incredible shape. ... I look good when I take my shirt off."

Bosh has yet to be medically cleared by the team and has been working out away from the Heat in Los Angeles.

The Heat have yet to publicly comment on Bosh's status.

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Heat Want To Run More This Season

Sep 11, 2016 5:37 PM

The Miami Heat would like to run more this season after ranking just 25th in pace in 15-16.

With Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow comprising a big part of Miami's core, playing in transition would play to their strengths.

“When you’re pushing the tempo and attacking, that’s a fun style," said Erik Spoelstra. "It will only make sense for us to maximize Goran’s strengths, Hassan’s strengths, Justise Winslow’s strengths. Their strengths are their speed, their athleticism... Young players gravitate to Goran. They want to play that style.”

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Chris Bosh Likely To Be Cleared To Play By Heat

Sep 11, 2016 1:25 PM

Chris Bosh is now likely to be cleared by the Miami Heat while remaining on blood thinners.

According to a union source, there is growing optimism that Bosh will be allowed to resume his career. Last season, the Heat resisted the idea of allowing Bosh to take a new form of blood thinner that would be out of his system in approximately eight hours but they are now more open to it.

Whether Bosh would be able to play in every game, such as the second set of back-to-backs, remains to be seen.

Barring a setback in the next few weeks, it would now be surprising if Bosh isn't cleared.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Josh Richardson Suffers Partially Torn MCL

Sep 9, 2016 5:13 PM

Josh Richardson has suffered a partially torn MCL in his right knee.

Richardson's return time will be based on how the knee responds to rehab.

Richardson emerged last season as one of the league's best second round rookies.

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Stefan Jankovic Undecided On Playing For Serbian, Canadian National Team

Sep 3, 2016 11:19 AM

Stefan Jankovic has yet to decide if he'll play national team basketball for Serbia or Canada.

Jankovic was born in Serbia but raised in Canada.

Jankovic went undrafted out of Hawaii and is signed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Miami Heat.

"I've been in contact with both," Jankovic said of the Serbian and Canadian federations. "Obviously there was some interest this summer, but due to summer league, for both Canada and for Serbia, I wasn't able to do any of the training camps and tryout and the exhibition stuff. So that kind of limited what I was able to do. But in the future, I haven't really made a decision, but I've been in contact with both." 

Serbia advanced to the gold medal game of the Olympics, but Canada has a lot of potential with Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph and Kelly Olynyk.

"I want to play for them or Canada in the future," he said. "And watching them in the Olympics was huge. It's a big thing going against the U.S. And the last couple of tournaments we were in the finals against them. It motivates you."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Pat Riley Calls Trade For Shaq Bigger Than Getting Big 3 In 2010
Pat Riley believes the acquisition of Shaquille O'Neal in 2004 was the single biggest move in the history of the Heat franchise.

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Chris Bosh's Camp Frustrated By Silence From Heat On Clearance
The Heat haven't said whether or not Chris Bosh will be cleared as they can apply to remove his future salaries from their cap.

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Chris Bosh Posts Videos Of Return To Court
Chris Bosh's videos Monday included shooting mid-range jumpers after running in from near the sideline and dribbling drills that finished with stepping into 3-point shots.

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Heat Won't Move Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a player option for $6 million in 17-18.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Chris Bosh, Heat Still Discussing Use Of Blood Thinners
Chris Bosh and the Heat remain undecided on the use of blood thinners that would be out of his system by game time.

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Beno Udrih Agrees To Sign With Heat
Beno Udrih was waived by the Heat when he accepted a buyout that helped them get under the luxury tax line.

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Heat Continue Working On Point Guard Drills For Tyler Johnson
The Heat were 0-4 last season with Tyler Johnson as the starting point guard.

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Chris Bosh's Return Hinted At By Micky Arison
Chris Bosh has missed the entire second half of each of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

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Beno Udrih Has Standing Offer From Heat
Beno Udrih agreed to a buyout last season to get the Heat under the luxury tax.

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Dwyane Wade: Leaving Heat For Bulls Was Decision 'Solely For Me'
Dwyane Wade had his introductory press conference with the Bulls in which he explained his decision to leave the Heat.

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Dion Waiters Agrees To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Heat
The Heat can sign Dion Waiters with their Room MLE.

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Chris Bosh Believes He Should Be Cleared To Play
If Chris Bosh comes off the medication, there's no reason why he couldn't return to game action.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Juwan Howard Influenced To Pursue Coaching By David Fizdale
Juwan Howard expected to pursue a front office career after his retirement from the NBA until he was influenced by David Fizdale.

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Gerald Green Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics
Gerald Green was the 18th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2005 NBA Draft.

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Pat Riley Admits Regret Over Dwyane Wade's Departure
Dwyane Wade admitted that a "business" rift with Pat Riley played a big role in his decision to sign with the Bulls.


Heat Sign Okaro White
Okaro White is averaging 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.00 steals for the Heat in Summer League.

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Beno Udrih In Talks With Heat
Beno Udrih was waived by the Heat in February to help them avoid the luxury tax.

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Willie Reed, Heat Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Willie Reed has played in 145 career games in the D-League, averaging 15.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game.

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Heat Match Nets' Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson made $507,000 in his second NBA season for the Heat in 2015-16.

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Udonis Haslem Agrees To One-Year, $4M Deal With Heat
Udonis Haslem intends on playing in 17-18 as well.

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