The cold war between Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James and Miami Heat team President Pat Riley resurfaced on Tuesday in light of the current Chris Bosh situation. James said that he was “surprised” that the Heat basically cut ties with Bosh this week due to his recent injury history.
Bosh missed the second half of both the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to blood clots. Miami team doctors said that they could not clear him to return to practice, and during Heat media day on Monday, Riley said, “We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over.”
The veteran big man is now 32 years old and Miami notably owes him $79 million over the next three seasons.
“We all know it’s probably a difficult situation for him,” James said on Tuesday, after the Cavaliers’ first practice, according to Cleveland.com. “[I was] pretty surprised a little bit to hear that the team is just done with him, and then to come out and say it. It’s not like I’ve been there, to know exactly what’s going on in the interior. So I’ve only seen it from the exterior like the rest of us.
“So, um, I just wish the best for him and he has my support.”
Reading between the lines, this is probably a subtle dig directed toward Riley, who James hasn’t been on good terms with since leaving the Heat during the summer 2014. Bosh and James played four seasons together in Miami, advancing to the NBA Finals in all four years while winning two titles.