It's been a very busy summer for Chris Bosh, even in the absence of any NBA-related activities. He got married in July and has been traveling with his new wife for the majority of the off-season. He'll be in New York City in the near future to participate in a few Fashion Week events and attend the U.S. Open tennis tournament. It also wouldn't surprise me if the Texas native finds his way to the Jets-Cowboys game on Sunday night to root for Dallas in their season opener. Like me with the Dolphins, Bosh is a huge Cowboys fan.
Along with football season beginning, this is also the time of year where NBA players start preparing for the upcoming season. Even though the league is stuck in a lockout with no end in sight, Bosh isn't letting that stand in his way of being ready for whenever the season begins, and apparently neither are his Miami Heat teammates.
"We're going to make some plans. We're going to plan to do something. I think just getting around each other, I think it's important as far as team-building is concerned and just getting something going. We're pretty much still in the process of doing that."
During this interview, Bosh was asked to give his opinion on the lockout. While he may not be involved in the negotiations, you have to appreciate his positive outlook (even if he is on a short list of people that feel that way).
"I'm an optimistic person anyway. The NBA is as good as it's ever been right now and I think there's no reason to miss out on it. So I think everybody will come to a conclusion. When you're dealing with business, emotions and feelings get involved and that's natural. You're going to have arguments. But I think as long as everybody knows that and as long as we keep moving forward to a deal, then that's progress."
Bosh was also asked about how he is dealing with last June's crushing defeat to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Being one of the more emotional guys on the team, it was nice to hear that he had moved on and only used the experience as inspiration when needed.
"There's no reason to hold on to it. The only reason I hold on to it is when I need motivation. But other than that, it happened and there's really no emotional attachment for me. I let all that out within 24 hours after I was done. It's nothing I hang on. I talked about everything. I talked about it until I was blue in the face. And then once you do that, you just realize you have to move forward."
Hopefully in the upcoming weeks we'll get more info on the members of the Heat getting together for some independent workouts. There have been plenty of comparisons from NBA players talking about their lockout and the NFL lockout, so now its only fitting to see them begin to prepare for the season so that they can hit the ground running.