Heat Announce Chris Bosh Will Not Play This Postseason After Meeting With Doctors and Medical Staff
The Miami Heat announce Chris Bosh will not play this postseason. The star of the Miami Heat will sit out the remainder of the NBA Playoffs after consulting with doctors and medical staff, the team announced Wednesday.
“The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible,” the statement reads.
The statement from the team comes after the NBA Players Association acknowledged on Tuesday that it had reached out to the Heat about Bosh’s situation. The Heat had, until Wednesday, remained quiet; why Bosh is not playing hasn’t been made public.
It’s a blow to the team, which will take on the Toronto Raptors in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinal Thursday night. The Heat won their first matchup in the series on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. It was a 102-96 victory after a half-court heave by Toronto Raptors’ guard Kyle Lowry forced the game into overtime.
Chris Bosh’s 2016 Season in Review
As you know, Bosh suffered blood clots in his lungs in 2015 that ended his season as he recovered. He was placed on blood-thinning medication that made it impossible for him to play contact basketball. The issues resurfaced this past February, and he has been inactive ever since.
In issues between management and labor, I normally tend to side with the players (labor). But in this case, Bosh and the Heat are doing the right thing. This goes beyond wins and losses, we are talking about life and death and Bosh’s long term health. NBA contracts are guaranteed, so this isn’t a money issue.
Bosh should be commended for his desire to want to jump back in and help his team in the playoffs, but he needs to look at this from a long-term perspective.
This Isn’t Chris Bosh’s First Medical Scare
In February 2015, Bosh checked into Baptist Hospital in Miami. He previously had noticed pain in his leg that later moved up to his rib. The diagnosis: blood clots, which had reached one of his lungs. If it had gone untreated, it could have been fatal.
The Heat confirmed on February 21, 2015 that Bosh would have to miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season due to the blood clots. He went on to make a full recovery and returned to the court for the 2015-2016 season.
This season, Bosh was selected to his 11th NBA All-Star Game. It was held in Toronto, where Bosh started his NBA career. Bosh didn’t suit up to play.
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