The health situation of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has piqued the interest of the NBA itself, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. This report comes just days after Bosh posted Snapchats of himself working out back on the court.
Bosh and the Heat have developed a somewhat contentious relationship due to his recent health problems. Blood clots that have surfaced the last two seasons have kept him off the court for a good chunk of time, and even threatened his long-term well-being.
As the Heat’s highest-paid player next season at over $22 million, Miami is undoubtedly leaning on the 11-time All-Star to carry them next season. It now seems to come down to whether or not he will actually be on the court. Logically, both parties will “want” Bosh on the court, but whether or not that’s feasible for both sides is still to be determined, and the NBA will reportedly have a say in what happens, as they take the personal health of the player into account.
Over his 13 NBA seasons, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He’s been an All-Star every season in the league after his first two, starting at when he was a 21-year-old for the Toronto Raptors. His points and rebounds per game have dropped by around two each since joining the Heat, but Bosh has placed himself on the precipice of being a Hall of Famer.
He played in just 44 games in 2014-15 and then 53 in 2015-16. His status for the team’s first game on Oct. 26 against the Orlando Magic (and beyond) is still unknown.
Interestingly enough, Heat owner Micky Arison chimed in on Twitter Wednesday, noting that he was looking forward to seeing Bosh at training camp:
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) August 31, 2016
So that just adds another layer to the intrigue.