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AP Interview: Heat F Chris Bosh says he's excited for the post-LeBron challenge in Miami

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    FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat center Chris Bosh celebrates after the Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets 94-82 in Game 2 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series in Miami. Two people familiar with the situation say that Bosh has agreed to a maximum deal with the Heat. The people said that Bosh will be getting a five-year deal worth about $118 million. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Friday, July 11, 2014, on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Heat's LeBron James, left, and Miami Heat's Chris Bosh are seen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. igning day has arrived in the NBA, if the biggest free agents care to grab their pens. But it’s unclear if Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade _ who all might be waiting on LeBron James to go first _ are ready. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)The Associated Press

Chris Bosh is staying in Miami because of his family, and because he believes the Heat will still be competitive even without LeBron James.

Bosh made his comments Sunday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Ghana, where he's been doing some work with NBA Africa in recent days while taking a break from a family vacation.

Bosh says he was tempted by an offer to join the Houston Rockets. He says he turned it down because his decision hinged on more than "the business of basketball" and instead revolved largely around the fact that his wife and children are happy in South Florida.

He'll soon be signing a five-year, $118 million contract to stay with the Heat.