Chris Bosh wants to resume his basketball career two years after medical issues forced him to the sidelines.
“I've been in the gym. I can still play basketball,” Bosh said on ESPN's “First Take” on Thursday. “No, I'm not done yet.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) February 15, 2018
Bosh, an 11-time NBA All-Star, was found to have a blood clot in his lungs in February 2015, bringing his season to an end. He returned in 2016 and was voted to the All-Star Game before a blood clot was found in his leg in February, and Bosh has not played since.
Bosh failed a physical before the 2016-17 season. With Bosh disputing his status, the NBA conducted a review and allowed the Miami Heat to place him on waivers and clear the remaining $52 million on his contract from their salary cap.
Bosh, 33, spent seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors before joining forces with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the Heat. He has career averages of 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
–NBA commissioner Adam Silver sought to make a statement when the league fined Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson $50,000 for tampering in regard to his praise of the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“Context is everything, and there had been a prior issue with the Lakers early this season,” Silver said Thursday on ESPN's “The Jump.” “And the message is — not just to Magic but to all the executives in the league is — stop talking about players on other teams.”
The Lakers had previously been fined $500,000 in August for violating anti-tampering rules after general manager Rob Pelinka made contact with pending free agent Paul George's agent that, according to the league, “constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.” Johnson told ESPN earlier this month that he thinks Antetokounmpo will take the Bucks to an NBA title someday.
–Former Dallas Mavericks owner Don Carter died Wednesday night. He was 84.
No cause of death was immediately released by the Dallas County medical examiner.
Carter was the co-founder who landed an NBA expansion franchise for the city. The Mavericks began play with the 1980-81 season. Norm Sonju, the team's first president, was the other co-founder.
–The New Orleans Pelicans are facing a stretch of four games in six days beginning Feb. 23. That schedule is going to look like a vacation compared to what's in store a month later.
The NBA announced Thursday that the Feb. 7 game between the Pelicans and Indiana Pacers, which was postponed due to a leak in the roof of the Smoothie King Center, has been rescheduled for March 21 in New Orleans.
That will require the Pelicans to play five games in six days, beginning with contests March 17 against the Houston Rockets and March 18 versus the Boston Celtics. Next are games against the Mavericks on March 20, the rescheduled Pacers game and then the Lakers on March 22.
–Blake Griffin is being sued for palimony by the mother of their two children, who alleges the five-time NBA All-Star abandoned his family to pursue a relationship with reality TV star Kendall Jenner.
A lawsuit filed by Brynn Cameron's attorney claims Griffin made numerous promises to his former fiancee after encouraging her to give up her careers in sports marketing and interior design but then abandoned Cameron and their children.
The lawsuit does not specify damages, but Cameron says she and their children are now “homeless and cash-strapped” and relying upon a relative for support. Griffin, 28, agreed to a deal worth in excess of $170 million with the Los Angeles Clippers last summer. Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 29.
–Manu Ginobili should be ready to play when the San Antonio Spurs are back in action following the All-Star break. Ginobili is dealing with what the Spurs labeled a minor right foot injury.
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Thursday that Ginobili is expected to be fine. He received treatment, but the injury that forced Ginobili to leave Tuesday's game is not a lingering concern, Buford said.
“It didn't appear to be anything severe,” Buford said. “He got treatment, saw people and then left on his All-Star vacation plans.”