Oh no! Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh had hoped that his health issues were behind him, but the NBA champion failed a preseason physical. After blood clots cut short his last two seasons, is this the end for CB4?
Chris, 32, encountered a “complication” during a physical ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season, according to the Miami Herald. This reported health issue involved “evidence of some continued [blood] clotting,” and it’s connected to Chris’s prior medical history. Because he failed this physical, the Miami Heat wouldn’t clear him for training camp next week.
The Heat “regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities,” the team said in a statement. Despite working with Chris with “the mutual goal of having [him] return,” they can’t give him the go ahead. “There is no timetable for his return,” the Heat added, leaving some to think this might be the end of Chris’s career.
Chris first battled with a blood clot in Feb. 2015, per ESPN. It reportedly formed in one of his legs and traveled up to his lungs, causing the 2-time NBA Champion to be hospitalized for several days. The medical emergency cut short his 2014-15 season, and it happened again a year later. A second battle with blood clots in Feb. 2016 cut his season short, again, though this second bout wasn’t as severe as the first.
“I wouldn’t be a friend if I didn’t express to him my concerns,” Dwyane Wade, 34, Chris’s former Heat teammate, said after he heard the news of the failed physical. “To me, the biggest thing is Chris has five kids and a wife and a family that depends on him being there. To me, that’s always most important. I told him, ‘Make sure you focus on that first.'”
It’s not like the Miami Heat want to bench Chris, as they still owe the NBA superstar $76 million dollars for the final three seasons of his contract. Even if he has to retire due to health issues, that money is guaranteed.
Though Bosh was reportedly considering filing a grievance with the NBA (though the player’s union) if the Heat wouldn’t let him play, he is reportedly not fighting this decision. He’s not expected to file a complaint or push to return in the immediate future. No matter what happens, here’s hoping for the best for Bosh. Fingers crossed he gets over this latest setback and gets back out on the court.
Do you think this is the end for Chris Bosh’s career, HollywoodLifers?