After all the NBA All-Star break, news broke that Miami Heat star Chris Bosh would miss the remainder of the season due to an emergency rush to the hospital that revealed a blood clot on one of his lungs. According to head coach Erik Spolestra the prognosis is good.
This situation hits home for many people because former Portland Trailblazers star Jerome Kersey recently passed away at the age of 52 due to this same illness. The Heat are hoping that their big man has a speedy recovery and can return to the American Airlines Arena to help them compete for championships soon.
The two-time champion recently posted a picture on Instagram, where he thanked everyone for their kind support and prayers. He seemed to be pretty upbeat despite being plagued by a tough situation. Random occurrences like these can be extremely demoralizing, especially when you have fervor doing your job. And emotionally, it is difficult for your family to deal with.
Watching Bosh smile in the picture he sent out showed the world that he was ready to overcome adversity, as he has so often done in his basketball career. Although physical injuries have never hindered Bosh on the court, he can attest to some psychologically challenging moments and arduous processes.
Circumstances like this are beyond basketball. Bosh has been the subject of many social media jokes and memes, but there is no way anyone with a heart could wish harm on him. When things like this transpire, you can’t help but to feel sorry and hope for the best. The beauty of sports is that it can sometimes take your mind off of the trials and tribulations that life has to offer. We know Bosh is rooting for his team to experience triumph, and they are dedicating this season to their All-Star power forward. But will it be enough?
The Miami Heat will be devoid a significant piece on their roster after securing an enormous victory at the trade deadline by acquiring Goran Dragic. Many analysts were looking at this team and thinking they could legitimately make a deep run in the postseason. Their starting lineup of Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would cause fits for the opposition and on paper was one of the best in the league.
Bosh had impressive numbers this season, especially when you looked at where he ranked on his team with these statistics. He was first in minutes and three-pointers. He was second in points, rebounds, touches per contest and usage percentage. Although the Heat had been struggling so far on the year, they had a chance to make a run to qualify for the playoffs.
The Heat were clear winners at the deadline when they landed Dragic and it seemed as if Pat Riley had pulled wizardry once again. Acquiring a point guard that could propel the Heat offensively was an intelligent move. This team with LeBron James was consistently on highlight films, but this season they are dead last in pace. Dragic certainly adds that element of speed that will quicken their tempo.
Many people look back at Game 6 in the 2013 Finals and remember the new life Ray Allen provided for the Heat, but they forget Bosh was actually the one who kept the possession alive by corralling the offensive rebound. He was often looked upon as soft and was criticized heavily for his lack of toughness. But without Bosh, the Heat don’t win back-to-back titles. His presence on the floor will be missed to a large degree.
Any hope of Miami making it interesting went out the window with this injury. His 21 points and seven rebounds per game will be too much for the Heat to overcome.
It’s ludicrous to imagine that he had just played in the All-Star Game days before he was diagnosed with this unfortunate news. But we are indeed glad it was caught soon. We extend our thoughts to Bosh and his family as he enters recovery, and we hope to see him back on the court playing basketball next season.