LeBron James spent four great seasons with the Miami Heat, but it doesn't appear that he has stayed in touch with some of his former teammates since he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami with James back in 2010. The big man was a part of the Heat's "Big Three," and he was a big key to his team's success over the past four years. However, James decided to go back home and sign with Cleveland this offseason, thus breaking up the Heat's superstar trio.
James' decision didn't affect Bosh or Wade, as both stayed in Miami.
The breakup has apparently had an effect on a relationship, though.
Bosh recently told reporters that he has not talked to James since the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player went back to Cleveland. Per ESPN.com:
Asked by reporters if he had talked to his former teammate since James' decision to leave the Heat, Bosh answered a succinct, "No."
As to whether he was looking forward to seeing James on Saturday at the game in Rio de Janeiro, he replied with a lukewarm: "Yeah ... I don't know."
"I'm in the mode where I'm trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here," he said.
"If guys aren't in this locker room I don't have much time for them—if any."
You can take those comments for what they are worth.
Update from Friday, Oct. 10
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com provides a comment from James on the situation:
"I know a lot of words have been coming out of their camp as of late and some of it is surprising," James said Friday after Cleveland's practice. "We've got so much history together. ... It doesn't take away from what we accomplished [in Miami] and I know that."
"I've talked to D. Wade. Obviously I haven't talked to Chris. But I haven't seen them," James added.
Windhorst also added that the teams have been avoiding each other while in Brazil:
But this week in Rio the teams are actively trying to avoid each other. They are staying at nearby hotels but, despite having three off nights before Saturday's preseason game, aren't making plans to see each other.
"We'll see each other on the court," Bosh said. "That's plenty of time to catch up."
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Update from Thursday, Oct. 9
ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reported that both James and Bosh were at Dwyane Wade's wedding this summer.
Although James was there to support one of his best friends, he reportedly felt awkward at the wedding. That might be because there were quite a few Heat personnel in attendance.
Here's what Windhorst said about James' appearance at the wedding:
James flew in to be there for his friend Wade, but apparently had to play a bit of a wallflower role. He never made his way over to Chris Bosh's table because Bosh said James hasn't spoken to him since he decided to sign with the Cavs in July. Though maybe it should've been Bosh who came up to speak with James; his decision to sign in Cleveland immediately saw the Heat increase their offer to Bosh by perhaps as much as $30 million. At the very least, Bosh could've sent over a drink.
James later told friends that having to share the same room with Heat president Pat Riley was uncomfortable that night. It stands to reason it was probably hard to make eye contact with Heat owner Micky Arison or coach Erik Spoelstra as well.
As it turns out, there was something missing from that report. Windhorst has since tweeted an update about the Bosh-James relationship.
Bosh and James may not talk much, but there's no bad blood in their relationship. Bosh explained why the two haven't talked very often since James signed with the Cavaliers, per Windhorst: "There's no hard feelings or anything. If we're both trying to win, he's against us, and that's a matter of fact."
Bosh also clarified his previous comments about not talking to James since the Big Three broke up: "My time is backwards and everything, but we talked. I want people to understand I'm a competitor, and he's on the other team. I think he'd understand that, and I understand that, and that's how it is now."
It looks like James and Bosh have at least been on friendly terms since the superstar went back to Cleveland.
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There's no rule that says ex-teammates have to stay in touch. Now that the Heat and the Cavaliers will be battling in the Eastern Conference, friendships have to be put aside as both teams are looking to make a trip to the NBA Finals this season.
Miami's Big Three era is done, and it appears that the players are moving on from the great run together.
[h/t Black Sports Online]