During the summer, Chris Bosh likes to get away from basketball.
Far, far away.
The summer of 2013 included more than just a family trip to Spain, Italy and Monaco—during which he posted a Twitter photo of 15-month-old son Jackson lounging by a mountain-framed lake in sunglasses and a diaper.
Bosh went as far as Mumbai, India, to promote the NBA to fans who surprised him with their awareness of his accomplishments, including the offensive rebound that led to Ray Allen's miracle three-pointer.
The summer will end soon enough, however.
And the Miami Heat will need Bosh to get back to work.
Bosh has received three NBA Finals appearances and won two NBA championships since joining the Heat in 2010.
That alone has made him worth the freight, even though he has sometimes frustrated fans by drifting, as represented by his declining rebounding numbers (from 10.8 to 8.3 to 7.9 to a career low 6.8) and some shrinkage in scoring in big spots, such as when he failed to score in Game 7.
This season, the Heat will need more from him than before due to a variety of factors.
They need their most skilled big man—in height if not girth—to play big.
They need him to earn all of the $19.1 million he will collect next season.
They need his best from the start of the season to the finish if they hope to finish first again and give him something to celebrate next summer.
All information for this piece was collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Heat for The Palm Beach Post.