Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James voiced his support for his friend and former teammate, Chris Bosh, on Tuesday. Asked his reaction to Miami Heat president Pat Riley declaring that Bosh's career with the Heat is over on Monday, James said he was "surprised" and he wishes the best for Bosh, who failed his physical before training camp because doctors found evidence of continued blood clotting.
"I stand behind my brother Chris," James said, via ESPN's Brian Windhorst. "The most important thing is his health. Whatever decision he wants to do, I'm all for it. I support him in every way, shape and facet. It's a difficult situation for him. I was pretty surprised to hear that the team was just done with him, for them to come out and say that. But it's not like I've been there. I've only seen it from the exterior. I wish the best for him, he has my support."
There's not much that James, or anybody, can really say about this situation right now. From Miami's perspective, there is no path for Bosh to safely return to the court. The organization will not put his life at risk by allowing him to play. No one knows for sure if Bosh will ever be in a position where he could pass a physical for another team, so Bosh's assertion that his intentions haven't changed does not mean much. All of this is terribly sad for everyone involved, from Bosh and his family to the Heat, former teammates like James, fans and the NBA community as a whole.