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This April 14, 2010, file photo shows Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh smiling during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Toronto. ESPN is reporting Chris Bosh has decided to join the Miami Heat and play alongside Dwyane Wade, citing a "person with knowledge of the situation." (Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
This April 14, 2010, file photo shows Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh smiling during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Toronto. ESPN is reporting Chris Bosh has decided to join the Miami Heat and play alongside Dwyane Wade, citing a "person with knowledge of the situation." (Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Bosh has no regrets leaving Toronto Add to ...

Chris Bosh heads to the Heat with no regrets.

The former Toronto Raptors star was interviewed on The Fan 590 Tuesday afternoon and came off as a man with a clear conscience; casting his use of Twitter as his primary form of communication during the free-agent process as merely him having fun and saying that while he'll miss Toronto, his in-season home of seven years, he wasn't about to apologize for exploring his career options.

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"If the people felt betrayed, I'm sorry for that," Bosh said. "But it wasn't anything serious. It's just all fun. You guys know me. I like to have a good time and I like to keep things easygoing … I'm happy with the way I handled things," Bosh said. "I don't think I got out of line at any point. I knew going into this situation, wherever I chose to go, people were going to think I was crazy."

Bosh got speculation about his intentions off to a furious start when he surveyed fans on Twitter about if he "should stay or go." Later he seemed at least disingenuous when on the morning he was about to announce his intention to sign with the Miami Heat that he couldn't understand why he was getting so many messages and that he was about to dig into a breakfast of Belgian waffles.

"You know you're not going to please everybody. You're going to step on some toes," he said. "I didn't want to offend anybody or make anybody upset. My intentions throughout that were just to broadcast what I was doing and just have fun with it."

Bosh signed with the Miami Heat last week, joining forces with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, creating the framework of what promises to be instant championship contender for years to come.

Stars leaving Toronto are often treated harshly when they return, but Bosh said he had fond feelings for the city and the organization and would miss it. But he said does expect to hear it from Raptors fans when he plays at the Air Canada Centre.

"As far as the boos are concerned, I hope they don't," Bosh said. "But it's sports. I know people are very passionate about sports. Fans, they're still going to root for the Raptors. That's not going to change. I don't know what to expect, but I wouldn't be surprised to be showered."

And as for accusations that he, DWyane Wade and LeBron James had been planning to play together for years, dating back to as far as 2006 when they each signed identical contract extensions making them free agents at the same time, Bosh said he was deliberating up to the last minute, with Toronto always a possibility, denying the theory that Wade and James were lobbying back and forth trying to convince him to come to their respective teams.

"We gave each other breathing space and just time to think," Bosh said. "With all the stuff going on, the last thing you need is LeBron James blowing up your voice mail and saying, 'Hey, you should come to Cleveland. You should come with me.' And then Dwyane saying, 'You should come with me.'

"I think that was a huge misconception with the public."

But Bosh said that leaving the Raptors and having the weight of a life-altering decision to make was a bigger burden than he expected.

"It was a tough time. I misunderstood how much going through this whole process was going to affect me emotionally," he said. "Just trying to weigh my options and what was best for me and my family; that stuff is mentally draining. I couldn't talk to many people at all and going into this you know that everyone isn't going to like every decision you make, but I stick by my decision and if I could do it over I wouldn't change a thing."

 

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