"It's the hardest thing I've ever had to decide, but it's for the best," said Lebron James, his eyes still full of tears after meeting with teammates. "He's the best Bosh I've ever had. But I don't want him to suffer. And even if he gets better, we can't know if he'll ever be the same. This is the most merciful thing to do."
Heat forward Dwyane Wade said he is having trouble looking at Bosh's face since the decision was made by a unanimous team vote.
"He has no idea what's going to happen," said Wade, his lip quivering. "Even though his body is failing, he still has that same happy, stupid look on his face. And those deep Bosh eyes I just I can't look at him. It hurts too much."
Yet while the Heat players say it was an emotional decision, there was a cold, practical element to it, as well.
"I wish it wasn't this way, but it is," said team president Pat Riley. "We've been dropping tons of money at the vet paying for his care and there's no end in sight. Just yesterday I spent $113 for some ointment for his ears. That's crazy. I love him, but at the end of the day, he's still only a Bosh. He's not a human being."
Bosh is scheduled to be put down tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. The Heat say they will try to make his last hours happy.
"I'm going to let him sleep at the foot of my bed tonight," said Lebron.
"And in the morning we're all taking him for a walk," said Wade, scratching the belly of Bosh, who was curled up on the floor beside him. "Then we're going to let him have a piece of steak for breakfast. After that? I guess we'll just pet him until it's time to take him in. Talk about the good times. Probably cry a lot."
The Heat players say they haven't even talked about getting another Bosh.
"I don't think he's replaceable," said Mario Chalmers. "Maybe we could get a goldfish."