PHILADELPHIA -- The moment lasted for just 3 minutes, 29 seconds.
For Miami Heat center Chris Bosh, it might as well have been a lifetime.
Bosh was back at his natural position -- power forward -- when center Greg Oden started the second half of Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards. The scene could become more common, depending on the progression of Oden.
"It was good," Bosh said. "I mean, I had great recollections. It felt great."
While Bosh is willing to play wherever it benefits the team most, he is perhaps Oden's biggest fan. If Oden can eventually crack the everyday rotation, it would provide more opportunities for Bosh to play alongside him.
"It's another aspect to our game that we have a tool we can add when we need it," Bosh said. "G.O. (Oden) is going to be a huge part of this team. To get him back going, it's going to be good for us. It's going to be good for him. That'll be another dynamic."
With Bosh manning the center spot the last two seasons, it would mean a flashback to his early days when he was an All-Star power forward. When asked about returning to his old position, Bosh eagerly said, "For sure."
Still, he won't force the issue.
"It's my natural position," Bosh said. "It's what I've always done. That's the beauty of this team. I can play two different positions and they are two different positions, way different. I've been just trying to do my best to fill the need at both spots. If coach needs me to go out and play the four, I can do that."
Bosh made the transition appear seamless. He was occasionally used at center his first two years in Miami before the move became full-time last season. Coach Erik Spoelstra said continued progress from Oden could result in extra minutes at power forward for Bosh.
"He'll do whatever it takes," Spoelstra said. "Now, he's developed enough versatility that it doesn't matter. I don't think it affects his rhythm or his confidence or his aggressiveness whether he's playing the four or the five. He's evolved so much in the last three years."
Bosh has openly said the move to center has been at times difficult. Being undersized makes it tougher to defend. On offense, he's had to adjust to playing more pick-and-roll instead of "catch-and-go."
"The ideal situation for me is winning," Bosh said. "I've come this far. This position has been a challenge for me. I embrace challenges. It's not easy but I step up to the plate and just make sure that I do my job. If coach feels we have an advantage with me playing the five position, then I'm all for it. I'm going to do it."
Chalmers back, Andersen out
Guard Mario Chalmers was back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chalmers completed the morning shootaround and said he was "going to go." He had missed the past four games with Achilles tendinitis.
"We can kind of get back into our rotation," guard Dwyane Wade said. "We miss him. He's our starting point guard. As much as we're on him, we have always said he's very important to our team. I'm glad he's back."
In other injury news, forward/center Chris "Birdman" Andersen did not play because of a bruised knee. With Andersen out, Oden was active for a second straight game. Oden's appearance against the Wizards was his first in more than four years.
Wade's status unknown vs. Bobcats
Spoelstra said he will wait to evaluate Wade after Friday night's game before deciding if he plays against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. Wade has typically avoiding the second game in back-to-backs.
Wade did play games on consecutive nights against the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors earlier this month.
"We have no idea, really," Spoelstra said. "We have to see how he feels after the game."
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