After playing in the NBA Finals for four consecutive seasons, the Miami Heat watched the 2015 Playoffs from their couches like the rest of us.
But that setback hasn’t fazed Chris Bosh, who says that the Heat have what it takes to get back into the championship round in 2016.
The 31-year-old All-Star has been fully-cleared to play again following the derailment of his season by a scary medical condition.
Per Hot Hot Hoops (via SiriusXM NBA Radio):
“When it comes that close to being over, you think about different things,” Bosh said. “You see things with a different set of eyes. With me, I had been playing basketball pretty much nonstop since I was ten years old. This is the most time I’ve taken off whether I meant to or not and I’ve really gotten a chance to fall back in love with the game and just build that appetite for destruction back up. […] I’m very motivated and happy to be playing. I knew it could be over just like that but I feel like I’ve been given a second chance, so it’s kind of refreshing.”
Bosh also discussed his excitement about rejoining a new-look Heat squad with several new and returning players and a chance to finally play alongside point guard Goran Dragic. […] “It’s very exciting,” he said. “We have the talent on paper to be successful. We just have to make sure that we come and do what we’re supposed to do every day in practice and build that camaraderie and everything. But just the chance to play with Goran; when we made that trade for him I was excited and then I found out my other news so I’ve been waiting six, seven months to start building a relationship on the court with him. […] We’re excited to have Amar’e (Stoudemire), D (Dwyane Wade) coming back and Luo (Luol Deng) coming back so I think we’re going to have the ability to be a good team. We just have to go get it.”
For his final question, Bosh was asked about the Heat’s chances of returning to the NBA Finals and if the team has what it takes to make it. […] “Absolutely,” he responded. “I think we do. We have the experience, we have the talent, we have the leadership, we just all have to bring those things together. (If we) bring the chemistry on the court, believe in ourselves, and just go out there and let it hang loose and compete, then I think we’ll be alright.”