According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, there is increasing optimism around the Miami Heat that power forward Chris Bosh will be cleared to resume his NBA career on blood thinners for the 2016-2017 season. Bosh has missed time in each of the last two seasons with blood clots and played in only 97 games for the Heat over the past two years.
Per Jackson, the veteran forward lobbied the Heat to let him return at the end of the 2015-2016 season when he transitioned to a new blood thinner that would clear his system in approximately eight hours. They obviously were not open to that pitch at the time, but the sources indicate that they are more open now.
NHL player Tomas Fleischmann takes blood thinning injections after games that are out of his system in time for the next game. It is unclear whether Bosh will be cleared to play in back-to-back games, however.
At his best, the Heat big man is a dynamic offensive force, who can both stretch the floor and work in the post. He has shot over 35 percent from behind the arc in each of the last two seasons while averaging over four attempts per game. Bosh, an 11-time All Star, has three more seasons left on his contract with the Heat.
Without Bosh’s services at the end of the season, the Heat still grabbed the third-seed in the Eastern Conference before losing to the Toronto Raptors in the conference semifinals. The Heat will already enter next season without franchise icon Dwyane Wade, who signed with the Chicago Bulls this offseason.