Chris Bosh remains in a bizarre holding pattern due to the medical condition that has him isolated from his current NBA team.
While the Heat plan on moving on without the veteran forward, severing their ties to the Big Three for good in an effort to rebuild, Bosh does not want to retire despite his repeated issues with blood clots.
“When we first started this whole process with the filming of this, I had total confidence that it was gonna be routine. I would get my checkup and do my physical, and I’ll be in camp. Unfortunately, I guess with the news that I found out about [in September] it won’t be in Miami,” Bosh said, via his Bleacher Report Uninterrupted series. “I’m trying my best to weather this storm and figure this out. I’m just as confused as anybody else.”
The 32-year-old forward added that he feels he has “so much more to give” to his basketball career, one that stands in limbo due to his medical status.
Bosh is under contract with the Heat for three more seasons for $75 million. Another team would likely not be willing to pay him that much if his longtime employer has this level of concern about his health.
Despite being an All-Star in each of the past two blood clot-abbreviated seasons, Bosh has missed 67 games during those slates. The 11-time All-Star insists his desire to keep playing doesn’t center around money. He’s been a max player for most of his career, having earned more than $163 million in his 13-year career with the Raptors and Heat.
“What I would say to people who see the money and kind of see my situation and say, ‘Hey, just walk away.’ I get it. I understand you. I hear you, but I’m not really thinking about money. I’m just thinking about where my heart is,” Bosh said. “I love the NBA; I love playing basketball for a living. … The part that makes me confused is [retirement] is right there. All I have to do is just leave and you’ll never hear from me again. I’ll probably just do other things and I’ll be fine.
“… I just would feel like I’m giving up if I just walked away easily like that.”