Chris Bosh’s ‘unprecedented’ NBA trip comes with new challenges

By CHRIS WATTENBROOKLEE | ESPN Staff WriterCHRIS WATTSENBUFFETT, Fla.

(AP) Chris Bosh has been visiting Florida with his family for several weeks to help them with preparations for the NBA’s All-Star break.

But Bosh’s wife and children aren’t taking vacations.

They are staying home.

In an interview Friday with ESPN, Bosh said his parents are more focused on preparing for the All-NBA Game than vacationing.

Bosh said the family is working to keep the family from traveling.

The Heat guard said the trip is a big challenge for the family because Bosh and his wife are taking two-day, two-night trips to Florida each month.

Bosh has already spent two months in the Sunshine State this summer, attending charity events with his teammates and staying at a local hotel.

Bosnia, where he played for four years before being drafted by the Heat in 2015, is in the midst of a World Cup break that has made the country more of a hotbed for Olympic sports and entertainment.

The U.S. won’t have a team until June 15, meaning Bosh, Bosh’s former teammate at Duke, has already missed out on a chance to compete in the tournament.

He is still a key member of the team.

Bosh, who has been a mainstay of the Heat since his arrival from Miami in 2011, is averaging a career-high 18.3 points and shooting 53.3 percent from the field during the break.

He’s shooting a career high 50.2 percent from beyond the arc during the same period.

The Heat won the Heat’s first playoff series of the season last season and were swept in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks.

Bosh was traded to the Nets in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick and the right to match any contract offer he received.

A summer trip is not a new idea for Bosh.

The Heat won’t take any trips outside of Miami during the NBA All-star break, including a six-day trip last summer.

The team and the team doctor have agreed on a plan to travel to the Bahamas and then to Bermuda.

Bisbous also has a trip planned to Europe, with a date set for March 26.