Chris Bosh spent Tuesday as guest sports editor for the Times of India during a tour to promote the NBA in Mumbai.
The Heat forward provided input and offered opinions on a wide range of topics, from doping allegations against Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell to rankings of the world’s most valuable sports franchises.
One story that didn’t make the cut in the Times’ sports section was the decision to waive Heat teammate Mike Miller through the NBA’s amnesty-release program. But Bosh felt the impact of the move halfway around the world.
“Just what he brought to the team on and off the court, it’s going to be extremely tough to replace,” Bosh said Wednesday from Mumbai in a telephone interview with the Sun Sentinel.
“We can’t find a replica of Mike Miller. All we can do is just hope to make up the ground that we’ve lost. Our challenge has started already, pretty much, because we’ve lost a significant part of our team.”
By releasing Miller, the Heat will avoid $17 million in luxury-tax penalties for the 2013-14 season and as much as $40 million over the next two seasons.
Lakers bring back Farmar
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar, who returns to the team that drafted him in 2006 and that he helped win back-to-back NBA titles.
Farmar played last season in Turkey, where he averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the Euroleague.
Farmer spent his first four NBA seasons with the Lakers, averaging 6.9 points and 2.1 assists during 301 career games. He was part of their 2009 and 2010 NBA title teams. He was taken as the 26th overall pick out of UCLA.
Bucks sign two veterans
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agents Carlos Delfino and Zaza Pachulia.
The Bucks announced the signings Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.
Delfino returns to the Bucks after spending last season with the Houston Rockets, where he averaged 10.6 points.
Delfino played for the Bucks for three seasons from 2009-2012. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 36.6 percent from 3-point range in 178 games with Milwaukee.
Pachulia returns for his second stint with the Bucks after also spending the 2004-05 season in Milwaukee. The native of Tbilisi, Georgia, averaged 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 74 games for the Bucks.
Raptors buy out Camby
The Toronto Raptors agreed to buy out center Marcus Camby’s contract and place him on waivers.
Camby, acquired as part of the trade that sent Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks, was owed $7.5 million over the final two years of his contract.
The 39-year-old center appeared in just 24 games last season for the Knicks, averaging 1.8 points per game. Camby was picked second overall by Toronto in the 1996 draft and has played 973 games during his career.
He expressed a desire to play for a contending team.