SAN ANTONIO – About an hour after the NBA Finals ended Sunday, center-forward Chris Bosh was standing near a bus ramp from where the Miami Heat would soon depart for the airport and the offseason.
Miami’s two-year title reign was over.
And Bosh almost sounded relieved.
The Heat got rolled in the NBA Finals by San Antonio, losing in five games, the last three of them lopsided, and for the first time since 2011 there would be no championship parade in Miami. The same team the Heat wore down in the 2013 Finals had all the answers, ushering in a summer for Miami that will be filled with questions about the futures of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh.
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“I don’t think anybody really enjoyed this season like in years past,” Bosh, 30, said. “There was no, like, genuine joy all the time. It seemed like work. It was a job the whole year. Winning was just a relief. Losing was a cloud over us sometimes and then we’d break out of it — and then go right back. But we got here. We had a chance. They were just better.”
Bosh said the group wants to remain intact.
James insisted he hasn’t thought about what decisions he has to make this summer. Wade has often expressed interest in remaining with the Heat. Bosh has said repeatedly he wants to stay. But all can become free agents in the next couple of weeks, and that might please the Heat.
By opting out, they could get new deals with Miami and create financial flexibility for team president Pat Riley to lure new players.
• Nearly 18 million viewers tuned in to watch Game 5 on ABC. The 10.3 national rating was up from a 9.5 for Game 5 last year.
The five-game series averaged a 9.3 rating, up from 9.1 through five games of last year’s Finals that went seven games.
• The Los Angeles Clippers have restructured their basketball leadership, changing coach Doc Rivers’ front-office title to president of basketball operations.
Rivers will continue to coach the team. Longtime Rivers assistant Kevin Eastman — a former Washington State head coach — will become the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, reporting to Rivers and supervising the franchise’s basketball dealings.