MIAMI -- Heat center Chris Bosh refuses to make this a complicated issue.
To him, it is quite simple: If they win another NBA title, the chances of him remaining in Miami are strong. Because the biggest question for the Heat entering the season isn't completing a "three-peat" but if the team stays together once Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade become free agents next summer.
"I couldn't believe it," Bosh said Wednesday, speaking after the filming of a commercial for the Henry Warren Auto Group at Turnberry Isle Country Club. "I was like, 'Man it's been four years already? But we're professionals. We know it comes with the job. We can't do anything about it. We just have to make sure we take care of our business, stay together and just really answer the call to adversity when it comes."
That business consists of completing another championship run. The Heat are attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive titles since the Los Angles Lakers did from 2000-02. Only five teams have accomplished the feat in league history.
For the Heat it's more about keeping the core of their team in tact. Making history is just an added bonus.
"Everybody wants to know what we're going to do (after the season)," Bosh said. "Yeah, I get it. Everything depends on this season. If we win, cool. If we lose, that's when it's like 'What if?'"
Bosh said he is better equipped to handle the attention than the last time he was in the situation. He was a free agent with the Toronto Raptors after 2010 season before joining the Heat. He said the key is keeping focus on the current season.
"You think about it but I'm mature enough to know that if I really start to think about it, I'm going to start playing bad," Bosh said. "Things aren't going to go right. I'm just going to enjoy today. I'm looking forward to having a big year this year. That's all I think about. In Toronto, it kind of messed me up. I was thinking, 'What is going to happen [in the offseason]? I started struggling and then I snapped back into basketball."
His love for living in South Florida should also ease what is expected to be a stressful season on and off the court. Bosh said he would prefer to remain with the Heat, but knows things could change if they aren't crowned champs again.
"It's on," Bosh said. "My family enjoys it here. I enjoy it here. It's playing basketball in Miami. It's just the best. I think all those intangibles speak for themselves. We're really looking forward to just keeping it going."