NBA notebook: Bosh cleared to being camp with Heat

All-Star forward Chris Bosh is fully cleared to begin preseason practices with the Miami Heat after missing the second half of last season when a blood clot was found on his left lung.

Without Bosh, the Heat missed the playoffs last season, finishing with a 37-45 regular-season record. It was only the second time in the past 12 years that Miami failed to advance to the postseason.

Bosh’s availability for the start of training camp indicates that he is no longer on blood-thinner medication.

“We fully expect him to be healthy and cleared for contact,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat are hoping for better results this season. Not only is Bosh healthy, but guard Dwayne Wade is re-signed and starters Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside will be together for their first full season in Miami.

–Jason Richardson decided that 14 years in the NBA is enough.

Richardson announced Wednesday night on Instagram that he’s retiring. He had signed an unguaranteed contract with the Atlanta Hawks during the offseason but will not go to training camp.

His career began with Golden State during the 2001-02 season and included stops in Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando and Philadelphia.

The 34-year-old Richardson played on mostly bad teams throughout his career, reaching the playoffs just three times and never making an All-Star team.

Richardson finished with career averages of 17.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 857 games, including 842 starts.

–The NBA is changing the format for the Finals in 2016 to help with travel and give players more time to rest.

A new formula introduced by the league abandons the traditional Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday schedule and includes two days off whenever travel to another city is required.

The altered Finals schedule is part of the NBA’s ongoing effort to cut down on back-to-back games during the regular season and postseason in order to give players more rest and recuperation time.

–The Golden State Warriors apparently are close to adding veteran Ben Gordon to compete for a roster spot at training camp.

ESPN.com reported Thursday that a deal could be completed before the defending NBA champions begin preseason camp. Gordon has been working out for the team the past few days.

The Warriors currently have 13 players with guaranteed contracts, leaving two openings on the 15-man roster for the 2015-16 season.

The 32-year-old Gordon has played in 744 NBA games with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte and Orlando Magic. His best years were with the Bulls, when averaged 21.4 points per game during the 2006-07 season and 20.7 points in 2008-09.

–Indiana Pacers will wear throwback Hickory uniforms, commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the Academy Award-winning movie “Hoosiers,” for the first time on Nov. 6 at home against the Miami Heat.

The Pacers announced Thursday that the uniforms will be worn 10 times during the season.

The movie was inspired by tiny Milan High School’s boys state basketball championship in 1954. That team will be honored March 15 during the game against the Celtics.

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All-Star forward Chris Bosh is fully cleared to begin preseason practices with the Miami Heat after missing the second half of last season when a blood clot was found on his left lung. Without Bosh, the Heat missed the playoffs last season, finishing with a 37-45 regular-season record. It was only the second time in […]

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