Chris Bosh spent Tuesday as guest sports editor for The Times of India during a tour to promote the NBA in Mumbai. The Heat forward provided input and offered opinions on a wide range of topics from the doping allegations against Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell to the rankings of the most world’s most valuable sports franchises. One story that didn’t make the cut in the Times’ sports section was the decision to waive teammate Mike Miller through the NBA’s amnesty-release program. But Bosh felt the impact of the move halfway around the world. “Just what he brought to the team on and off the court, it’s going to be extremely tough to replace,” Bosh said Wednesday from Mumbai in a telephone interview with the Sun Sentinel. “We can’t find a replica of Mike Miller. All we can do is just hope to make up the ground that we’ve lost. Our challenge has started already, pretty much, because we’ve lost a significant part of our team.” By releasing Miller the Heat will avoid $17 million in luxury-tax penalties for the 2013-14 season and as much as $40 million over the next two seasons. “I think everybody body knows what a big-time player he is and what he did not only in both Finals but in the playoffs and the regular season,” Bosh said. “His sportsmanship and his clutch shooting – he’s one of the best shooters in the world. He bailed us out of a lot of situations. He made a lot of big shots. It’s going to be tough without him. “I wish it wasn’t this way. But the business of the NBA is tough sometimes.” Miller is the first key component to depart from the Heat team that has advanced to the past three NBA Finals and won back-to-back championships. Bosh said he will be missed for more than his contributions on the court. “He was a great locker-room guy,” Bosh said. “I wish he was coming back next year. I know a lot of teams are really going to be eager to sign him for him next year. I wish it wasn’t this way, but there’s not much we can do about it now. I wish him and his family the best.” Bosh said he enjoyed his day on the other side of the media experience helping determine content for Wednesday’s edition of the Times, the world’s largest-selling English-language daily newspaper. He provided commentary about the positive tests for performance-enhancing world-class sprinters Gay and Powell, a scandal receiving bigger play outside of the United States. “It was pretty cool just being able to talk about sports with the editors pitching stories. But the main thing was they were really picking my brain about my situation in the NBA and myself as a player, and really any question they wanted to ask turned into an article that was in [Wednesday’s] paper,” Bosh said. “They were able to get my opinion on where I stand on a lot of things.”
Chris Bosh: Mike Miller 'tough to replace'
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 18