Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Heat lifer Dwyane Wade experienced great success during their four years together between 2010-2014, winning two NBA titles on route to developing a strong bond on and off the court in South Florida.
Indeed when LeBron James left the Heat he noted the unbreakable bond he had with those he played with in Miami.
The franchise themselves meanwhile, whilst thanking LeBron for his service to the team, have been at pains this offseason to move on from the loss.
And in making their preseason bow last night it is clear Chris Bosh, who has taken on the mantle of the Miami Heat's leader on the court since LeBron's return home to Cleveland, explained that he no longer has much time for his former teammate - admitting that he has not spoken to the superstar since the Cavs decision was announced.
"I'm in the mode where I'm trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here," he told reporters this week.
"If guys aren't in the locker room I don't have much time for them - if any," continued the former Raptor.
Hello old friend
With the Miami Heat taking on Cleveland Cavaliers this Saturday in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, Bosh, Wade and the rest of the Heat roster will have an early opportunity to catch up with James.
Bosh however didn't seem too keen about the potential rendezvous - responding with a simple 'Yeah... I don't know' when asked if he was looking forward to seeing James once again.
Considering the duo's recent run together, and the success they helped each other achieve, it is surprising that there has been no contact since James opted to leave Miami.
Especially considering the infamous restaurant meet-ups held between the pair and Wade as the three stars mulled over their free agency future this summer.
Shifting the focus
Having said that, Chris Bosh is one of the most professional guys currently playing in the NBA and the veteran is well aware of what it takes to create a positive, winning mentality in a locker room.
Discussing roster losses and former teammates is probably not high up on that list.
Hence Bosh's frosty public response to James.
And the 30-year-old, who recently signed up to a five-year max deal with the Heat, went on to emphasise that the 2014-15 Miami roster is very much focussed on the future.
"Everybody's going to hype it up and it's going to be a big deal," Bosh said of Saturday's encounter.
"But for us, it's just another opportunity to get better. We know everything that's surrounding the situation and it is what it is. As far as we're concerned, this is our team, this is what we're trying to build toward, the past is the past, we're moving on and it's good to get this out of the way."
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