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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh gestures as he speaks during a news conference, in Miami. The Heat forward who had each of his last two seasons halted by blood clots that were discovered at the All-Star break said in a podcast released Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, that he "absolutely" intends to be with his team for training camp that starts in the Bahamas on Sept. 27. But he also revealed that he has not yet been cleared to play again, though he's confident that it will happen. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Chris Bosh thanks Heat fans, insists career isn’t over

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Chris Bosh’s time with the Miami Heat looks close to officially concluding. Both sides now appear to be moving on after a memorable six-year run.

As the Heat continue to maintain the stance that a Bosh return would be too dangerous, given his repeated issues with blood clots the past two seasons, the 32-year-old star posted on his website — ChrisBosh.com — a brief letter dedicated to Heat fans.

“I want to thank not only the fans of Miami but everyone around the world who has supported our team and who has supported me through this time,” Bosh said.

Bosh acknowledges the Heat are moving in a different direction, with younger players — some of whom he mentored. The 13-year veteran did not mention retirement in this brief address.

“I want to thank the city of Miami from the bottom of my heart because things may change, but the good times will last forever in my memories. Thank you!” Bosh said. “Things are different now, and Miami has incredible young talent with a tremendous upside. These are not only talented ball players but great people and friends. I enjoyed playing with those guys and doing my best to mentor them by being an upstanding role model and veteran player. It’s their time to go through the ups and downs of the game with this great city.”

Bosh has been an All-Star in each of the six seasons while with the Heat. Despite encountering frightening obstacles that ended his seasons in 2015 and ’16, the former top-five pick saw his per-game averages spike after LeBron James returned to Cleveland. Bosh averaged 21.1 and 19.1 points with the Heat the past two seasons but couldn’t play more than 53 games in either due to these clots.

Bosh remains under contract for three more seasons and is due more than $75 million, so more disputes between the Heat and the final member of its Big Three could be coming as this number looms. And shortly after he posted the thank you note, a new episode of his online mini-series was released in which he proclaimed his career isn’t over, as well as his disappointment about how he was notified about his future with the Heat:

Heat beat reporter Ira Winderman had some immediate follow-up:

And of course, the Heat defended themselves, although Pat Riley declined comment:


Chris Bosh thanks Heat fans, insists career isn’t over

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