Heat fear that Chris Bosh’s career may be over
A little over a week ago, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel predicted that Chris Bosh will never play another NBA game. He said that Bosh is certainly capable of doing so, but at the end of the day, there’s simply too much risk involved.
Bosh has been out of action since the beginning of February with a blood clot scare for the second consecutive year. However, reports stated that these clots were much less dangerous than the ones found on Bosh’s lung in 2015, and it was estimated that he’d be able to return at the end of the regular season.
However, the timeline kept getting pushed back, and despite some internal disagreements between Bosh and the Miami Heat organization, it was ultimately decided that he would not return in the playoffs.
The news has now gone from bad to worse. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Chris Bosh may never play in the NBA again.
There is a fear within the Heat organization that Bosh’s condition will prevent him from ever being cleared to play by team doctors, several sources said.
The severity of this situation appears to transcend basketball. It’s one thing to play through an injury like a sprained ankle or a broken finger; it’s completely another when somebody’s livelihood is in question if they take the court.
After the Game 7 on Sunday, Bosh’s head coach addressed the matter.
“I feel very badly for CB because I know how much this game means to him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday after his team’s Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors. “I think everybody knows how much CB means to me.”
Both Bosh and the Heat would love to see him play again, but every precaution needs to be taken before getting to that point. The Heat are worried about Bosh first and foremost, but they also have to keep the integrity of their organization in mind. It would be reckless to clear him given all of the medical intel they’re receiving.
If Bosh is not cleared by February 9th, 2017 (exactly one year from when he was sidelined), an independent doctor approved by the Heat and the player union will re-examine Bosh. If it’s deemed that he has a “career-ending injury or illness,” the Heat will exclude the remainder of his salary (he is owed $75 million over the next three years) from their team salary cap by waiving him.
Bosh would still receive all of the money on his contract though, and other than a portion covered by insurance, the Heat would have to pay the majority themselves.
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