Chris Bosh banking on team workouts
MIAMI -- Chris Bosh enjoyed just about every second of his jampacked offseason.
Nonetheless, he's ready to go back to work.
Bosh said Saturday that he expects the Miami Heat to reconvene sometime soon, even though the NBA lockout has entered its third month with no apparent ending in sight. This would ordinarily be the time of year where most players start ramping up workouts anyway, and Bosh said he will be ready whether training camps begin on time or not.
"We're going to make some plans. We're going to plan to do something," Bosh said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. "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."
Bosh was making an appearance Saturday with fans to help promote the video game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics were among the group of other NBA players involved with the event.
Bosh said he used to play "a lot of video games" when he was younger, and said he still dabbles when his schedule allows.
"It's cool to do cool things," Bosh said.
But for now, he's thinking more and more about the upcoming Heat season -- and not back at what went wrong when Miami lost in six games to Dallas in last season's NBA finals.
Bosh was emotionally crushed in the moments after Dallas won the title, though said Saturday said he's gotten past most of the disappointment that came when seeing the championship slip away.
"There's no reason to hold on to it," Bosh said. "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."
His summer schedule made the task of moving past the finals somewhat easier.
Bosh's wedding to the former Adrienne Williams was in July, and the pair have done so much traveling since that the All-Star has grown fond of saying they've been "M-I-A from MIA" in recent months. He is scheduled to appear on an episode of "Law and Order" later this month, and in the coming days he'll be in New York for some Fashion Week events, U.S. Open tennis and possibly the Dallas Cowboys' season-opener on Sept. 11 against the Jets.
Much like teammate LeBron James, Bosh -- a Dallas native -- is a huge Cowboys fan.
"I'm sure he'll be there, too," Bosh said.
Bosh has been working when he can at the University of Miami, as have players from a number of different franchises in recent weeks. Bosh said his training will intensify, as usual, now that summer is winding down.
And although he's like everyone else in having no idea when the lockout will end, Bosh remains hopeful that a deal can be struck before too long.
"I'm an optimistic person anyway," Bosh said. "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."
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Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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