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Chris Bosh on those calling for him to take his $75 million and walk away: ‘I get it. I totally get’

Chris Bosh

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh was dealing with more than one blood clot earlier this year, and said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that he felt written off when Miami Heat team doctors advised him that the situation would likely be career-ending. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)


Chris Bosh is due $75,868,170 over the next three years.

The Heat aren’t trying to stop him from getting that money. They just want to remove his salary from the cap and maybe have insurance pay a portion of it.

But Bosh has vowed to continue his career despite blood-clot issues.


Bosh, via Uninterrupted:

What I would say to people who just see the money and then kind of see my situation and say, “Hey, just walk away.” I get it. I totally get. I understand it. I hear you.

But I’m not really thinking about money. I’m just thinking about where my heart is. It’s just about I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living.

So, yeah, I hear you. It’s right there. And that’s kind of been the part that makes me confused is because it’s just right there. All I have to do is walk way. Think about that more so. All I have to do is just leave. You’ll never hear from me again. I’ll probably just do other things, and I’ll be fine. And that makes it confusing, because my heart – I know where my heart is. And I just would feel like I’m giving up if I just walked away, just easily like that.

It sounds as if Bosh is also somewhat conflicted with his stance.

He’s a competitor far beyond the average person. That’s what it took to become the player he is, and he can’t can’t just shut off that part of his mentality, for better or worse.

But Bosh is also worldly with a variety of interests outside basketball. He could have a fulfilling retirement.

If Bosh wants to continue this fight, that’s certainly his right. But at some point, he might have to come to terms with his career being over.