Chris Bosh has clots but lacks clout to return to Heat
Posted by: Charlie Smith
About a month ago, Miami Heat basketball betting fans were excited because Chris Bosh was “back.” “I know I’ve been gone for a moment, but now I’m back,” Bosh Instagrammed, “everybody keeps asking if I’m hooping. Yes, I’m hooping.” And beboppin’. And scattin’. Sadly, Bosh appeared to be suffering a case of misperception. He was not “gone for a moment.” He missed 38 games in 2014-15 due to a blood clot on one of his lungs, and 29 in 2015-16 as a result of a blood clot on his leg.
Several sources, including the Miami Herald and the Associated Press, have reported that Bosh failed his physical with the Heat and will not be cleared for training camp, which is slated to start on September 27th. The Herald reported that the All-Star had “a complication” involving continued blood clotting thought to be linked to one of the two aforementioned episodes. The good news is that the condition is not life-threatening if it’s treated quickly with blood thinners or anti-coagulants; the bad news for Bosh and Heat fans who bet on NBA is that playing basketball at a professional level is out of the question, due to the risk for bleeding if a player is cut.
Bosh averaged 19.1 points, 2.4 assists, and 7.4 rebounds per game in 53 regular season games with Miami in the 2015-16 season. The Heat finished 48-34 and won the Southeast Division, but were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Heat have been mum on whether Bosh would return this season, but were expecting – as were Miami basketball betting fans – to clear the 32 year old power forward, provided that Bosh passed his physical as well as a battery of Heat-administered medical tests. Unfortunately, the player’s blood work was even worse than Clint Eastwood’s movie of the same name. The Heat was willing to allowing Bosh to play while taking a new form of medication that would be out of his system by tip-off, as long as Bosh had no red flags in medical tests.
The Heat signed Bosh to a five-year, $118 million contract in 2014. The team could apply for “a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association” to review Bosh’s situation if he is sidelined for a year. If that doctor were to “his condition is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing,” his salary would come off the books for the Heat (if they release Bosh after February 9th, a year to the day from his last game) providing them with cap relief, though Bosh would still receive the $76 million that he is owed. “To me, the biggest thing is Chris has five kids and a wife and a family,” Dwayne Wade, who left Miami for Chicago this year, told AP. “I told him focus on that first.” Bosh is not expected to file a grievance with the union or push to return in the foreseeable future.