Former Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh is still considering an NBA comeback. Despite being away from the NBA hardwood for two-and-a-half years, the 11-time All-Star has not closed the door on returning to the league despite time running out as as he told Yahoo Sports.
“Yeah, it’s still on my mind”. “Obviously, if it doesn’t happen by February, I’m not stupid, but yeah, I’m still looking forward to that. I’m still trying to overcome that hump and trying to get something going. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know I can still play some ball and be a 3-and-D guy for somebody out there.”
Bosh’s career was prematurely cut short as blood-clotting issues forced him off the court during both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 NBA seasons. Very much still in his prime, it was a tough pill to swallow as the Heat cleared the remaining $52.1 million on his contract in 2017 via the league collective bargaining agreement leaving Bosh to focus on his health and nothing else. In doing so, the Heat effectively ended their relationship with Bosh after an NBA medical review on the situation.
Despite failing a physical examination prior to the 2016-2017 season, Bosh remained adamant he would return to the court, and told ESPN he would make one last attempt to return.
“I’m going to give [playing] one more shot” in 2018-19. “That’s all it is — a shot.”
That shot is likely to last until the February 7th trade deadline as teams prepare for the postseason. Bosh will turn 35-years-old on March the 24thwhich confirms it may well and truly be his last roll of the dice on his comeback.
Despite his obvious health concerns, Bosh completely “understands” the caution in which teams will approach his services. But after weighing up the treatment options as well as receiving second opinions, he is comfortable with taking to the floor without the concern of monumental risk.
“That’s kind of always the basis of the conversation, and I appreciate people who check up on me, but this is something that of course I’ve thought long and hard about. I know what those things feel like.”
For his career, Bosh averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in 35.8 minutes per night. February 9, 2019 will mark three years since he last pulled on an NBA jersey in a competitive game.