Heat Notebook

Chris Bosh vows to have his best year



Heat center Chris Bosh said Monday he wants to be recognized again as one of the best players in the NBA and is determined to “be better than last year in everything.”

Bosh’s averages of 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season were his lowest since his rookie season in 2003-04.

“I felt I could have worked harder last year, and it showed on the court,” he said. “I have that hunger to prove what I can do. It makes me excited.”

He said the “only mistake I made last year” was “not bringing … the same aggressive mentality every night. Instead of attacking, I was waiting too much.”

Bosh, who believes the Heat has a “very good chance of winning” another title, said that during previous offseasons “I zoned in one thing in the past, and I made a lot of mistakes. So I figured I might as well work on everything: ball-handling, post moves, long-distance shooting, short-distance shooting. I’m looking forward to putting in the effort to have the best season of my career.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra wants Bosh “to continue to develop the corner three.”

Dynasty in making?

Spoelstra, who said he is “grateful” for his contract extension, said whether Miami can become a dynasty — the Heat can become only the sixth team to win three titles in a row — is “something I choose not to discuss with the team.”

Of winning another title, he said, “Our guys sense it’s not a matter of, ‘Can we?’ For us, it’s how.”

This and that

• Center Chris Andersen said he lost 10 pounds, to 240, and never seriously considered leaving as a free agent. “I was that piece they needed,” he said.

• Forward Udonis Haslem, who had offseason knee surgery, said he hasn’t participated in full-court work yet, but expects to be ready for Tuesday’s start of training camp.

• Forward Shane Battier, 35, in the last year of his contract, said he’s not sure whether this will be his final NBA season.

• Asked why he’s taking his team to the Bahamas for training camp this week, Spoelstra said: “We wanted to get away and have a little bit of mental reward for what we accomplished last year. But the work part will not be missing.”

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