Bosh finds a mentor

Chris Bosh speaks to reporters following a pre-season workout.  (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

Chris Bosh speaks to reporters following a pre-season workout. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

VANCOUVER — As he adjusts to basketball life as the team’s third wheel, Chris Bosh is spending plenty of time with Alonzo Mourning at training camp.

In terms of mentors, Bosh didn’t have many when he played in Toronto, the lone exception being Antonio Davis in Bosh’s rookie year when the veteran was pining to get moved.

Zo has completely turned around his image, but for those in Toronto, the name Mourning conjures images of all that is wrong with today’s hoopsters.

If you recall, Mourning refused to even set foot in Toronto when the Raptors acquired him from New Jersey in that monumentally foolish trade involving Vince Carter.

Mourning serves as the Heat’s vice-president for player programs, an icon in South Beach whose very word carries a lot of clout.

“That’s what he was brought back to this team to do, to relate to us,” Bosh said of Zo. “The best part about it is he’s been a big man and he has a ring.”

Speaking of Raptors-Heat ties, word leaked on Friday that Miami president Pat Riley will allow LeBron James to don his trademark headband.

Riley’s ban on headbands was lifted when he allowed Jermaine O’Neal to sport the attire after J.O. was traded from Toronto.

Old-school officials such as Riley oppose headbands because of their individuality in a team sport, but he’s no fool, either.

Only Jerry Sloan in Utah and Milwaukee’s Scott Skiles invoke the no-headband rule.

— Frank Zicarelli


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