Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was a guest on the SiriusXM NBA Radio show Thursday morning to talk to hosts Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence about his return to the basketball court after his medical setback.
Bosh, who made the appearance on behalf of Janssen Pharmaceutical to increase awareness about the symptoms and treatment of blood clots, discussed a wide range of topics as he prepares for his 13th NBA season and his fifth with the Heat.
With two NBA championships and 10 consecutive All-Star appearances among his many accomplishments, his season-ending diagnosis of blood clots in his lungs earlier in the year pushed everything aside and forced him to put it all in perspective.
"When it comes that close to being over, you think about different things," Bosh said. "You see things with a different set of eyes. With me, I had been playing basketball pretty much nonstop since I was ten years old. This is the most time I've taken off whether I meant to or not and I've really gotten a chance to fall back in love with the game and just build that appetite for destruction back up.
"I'm very motivated and happy to be playing. I knew it could be over just like that but I feel like I've been given a second chance, so it's kind of refreshing."
Bosh also discussed his excitement about rejoining a new-look Heat squad with several new and returning players and a chance to finally play alongside point guard Goran Dragic.
"It's very exciting," he said. "We have the talent on paper to be successful. We just have to make sure that we come and do what we're supposed to do every day in practice and build that camaraderie and everything. But just the chance to play with Goran; when we made that trade for him I was excited and then I found out my other news so I've been waiting six, seven months to start building a relationship on the court with him.
"We're excited to have Amar'e (Stoudemire), D (Dwyane Wade) coming back and Luo (Luol Deng) coming back so I think we're going to have the ability to be a good team. We just have to go get it."
Bosh also discussed LaMarcus Aldridge joining the San Antonio Spurs ("It will be very interesting. They'll have all eyes on them. They have to deal with those expectations and come together as a team.") and the Cleveland Cavaliers unable to secure their first-ever NBA Finals victory ("I would have liked to have seen two healthy teams going at it. That's always unfortunate for the fans and for Cleveland to get that far and not be able to compete as close to 100 percent as possible.").
For his final question, Bosh was asked about the Heat's chances of returning to the NBA Finals and if the team has what it takes to make it.
"Absolutely," he responded. "I think we do. We have the experience, we have the talent, we have the leadership, we just all have to bring those things together. (If we) bring the chemistry on the court, believe in ourselves, and just go out there and let it hang loose and compete, then I think we'll be alright."