Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh said on Wednesday that he is ready for the upcoming season. Bosh made an appearance on Bleacher Report’s Uninterrupted podcast, where he said he feels ready to return to game action after missing the second half of last season with his a second blood clot issue.
“I’m ready to play. We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement back in May saying as soon as I’m ready to play as soon as possible, we’ll play. And I’m ready. I’ve done all work. I’ve done what I need to do working with the doctors.”
Bosh played in just 53 games last season, none after February 9, due to the discovery of blood clots in his legs. The year prior, his season was cut short around the same time after the discovery of blood clots on his lungs.
It now appears that the expectation is that the Heat will clear Bosh to play, though it remains unclear as to whether he will be available on a nightly basis. Bosh reportedly told Heat that he was ready to play late last season, but the organization rejected the idea out of concern for his long-term well-being. The 32-year-old is on a new blood thinner that would allow him to play and the Heat are more open to allowing him to do so now.
The 11-time All-Star was enjoying an excellent campaign for Miami before having to be shut down. He averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while connecting on 36.5 percent of his three-point tries.
The Heat will begin the 2016-2017 season in Orlando against the Magic on October 26.