Yes. You actually read that title right. I’m not talking about the Warriors big 3 with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant. I’m not talking about the Rockets big 3 of Chris Paul, James Harden, and Carmelo Anthony. I’m talking about the original Miami Heat big 3 consisting of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Recently, Bosh was interviewed by Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrbach and one of the questions that arose was what were the odds that he and Wade link back up with James in LA. Bosh had this to say in response:
“That would be the Laker Show plus the Old-Man Show. “Obviously, if it doesn’t happen by February, I’m not stupid, but yeah, I’m still looking forward to that. I’m still trying to overcome that hump and trying to get something going. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know I can still play some ball and be a 3-and-D guy for somebody out there.”
Bosh hasn’t played a game of basketball since 2016 because of blood clots found throughout his body. But he is still hopeful that a team will find his assets a positive addition to their roster.
Bosh, an 11-time NBA All-Star, and 2-time NBA champion with LeBron and Wade in Miami, for his career averages 19.2 PPG on 49.4% from the floor and 33.5% from 3-point land, as well as 8.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, and 1.0 BPG. His last season back in 2016, he averaged 19.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 2.4 APG. But it’s been a long time since he’s played competitive basketball, so teams are right to be hesitant about signing Bosh, as there is a very small chance he’ll return to his former self. But like he mentioned, he knows he can bring a 3-point shot and defense to the table, and if teams are in need of that, he is willing to provide it.
The most pressing problem with Bosh is his risk of injury, as his blood clots won’t just go away overnight. However, he won’t be asking for a large contract, and teams will most likely offer him a veteran’s minimum deal.
Bosh has played with Wade for 6 seasons and LeBron for 4, so the 3 obviously have some chemistry together. However, I truly don’t think the Lakers need anymore help at the power forward and center position, as they have a solid rotation between Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and JaVale McGee. The team’s roster seems pretty set in place as of now, and unless injuries become a concern, I don’t foresee the Lakers signing Bosh.
And it seems like he’s okay with that. Bosh had this to say last March to ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan:
I’m going to give [playing] one more shot. That’s all it is – a shot. “I’m at a space in my life where I see gifts I’ve been given, and if it ends, it’s been a helluva ride. I did more than I’d ever think I’d do. The next [goal] was longevity, 25,000 points and 15,000 rebounds, but that’s not going to happen. I’ve accepted that.”
Bosh seems to be content with the state of his life now, and if the opportunity to play presents itself, he will take it. But if not, then thank you for all the great memories and we, as the fans of the NBA, look forward to seeing you immortalized at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.