Medical tests have revealed evidence of continued blood clotting in Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The complication is believed to be related to one of his two previous instances of clotting that prematurely ended Bosh’s last two seasons.
It is not considered life-threatening, but it is unlikely that he will be able to play through it as it stands today. The Heat released a statement on the matter:
“The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible. Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.
“We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player’s consent.”
Entering the week, both Bosh and the Heat were expecting him to be cleared to play in the upcoming NBA season, though perhaps only on a part-time basis. With this new evidence, however, it seems unlikely that the veteran big man will be able to resume basketball-related activities, at least in the short-term.
After changing medications to a blood thinner that would potentially allow him to continue to play basketball, Bosh was reportedly optimistic that he would be cleared to play. Of course, that was contingent on blood tests coming back clean. He has been training consistently without any apparent issues.
The persistence of clotting certainly casts doubt on whether Bosh will ever be able to play a NBA game again. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Heat “increasingly believe” Bosh’s time with the team is over. However, he still seems committed to the possibility of resuming his career.
“Things have changed quite a bit for me, but I’m in good spirits,” he said on Wednesday during a Facebook Live broadcast. “I know things will work out for the best. And really, we’re just in the process of making sure that I can get back on the court.”
Bosh, who is an 11-time All Star, has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game throughout his career. He was a key member of the Heat’s “Big Three,” especially as a pick-and-pop partner to LeBron James.