Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is currently hospitalized in the Miami area with what is being described as a potential blood clot in his lung, according to Greg Cote of the Miami Herald.
No confirmation yet — emphasize that — but initial concerns about Chris Bosh tonight involved blood clot on lung: pulmonary embolism.
— Greg Cote (@gregcote) February 20, 2015
Although there is no direct confirmation as to the specifics regarding Bosh and his hospitalization, there is growing concern that the issue is serious. The 30-year-old All-Star was reportedly sent home from practice on Wednesday feeling “under the weather,” per an AP source via the Daily News. Bosh didn’t fly with the team to New York for the teams’ scheduled game against the Knicks on Friday.
Both Bosh and the Heat expect to have a better understanding as to what is causing him discomfort on Friday. If the issue does turn out to be a blood clot or the aforementioned pulmonary embolism, that would likely end the big man’s season. We’ve seen in the past that blood clots in the lung region are no joke.
Brooklyn Nets froward Mirza Teletovic was shut down earlier this season amid concerns of blood clots in his lungs. Also, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varajeo was shut down for the entire season in early 2013 after suffering from a life-threatening blood clot in his right lung as well.
On the court, Bosh is enjoying a fine season for the Miami Heat when it seemed he wouldn’t be returning to the team this offseason. In 44 games this season, Bosh is averaging 21.1 points with 7.0 rebounds. He earned his tenth All-Star appearance this season and took the stage with his fellow peers for the All-Star game in New York City less than a week ago. Despite his contribution of 10 points in just under 11 minutes, the East fell to the West by a score of 163-158.
At this stage, all that Bosh’s family, teammates, and the rest of the league can do is pray that this isn’t a life or career threatening issue. The game becomes secondary when dealing with these types of ailments. If this does turn out to be just a scare, expect the Texas native to take a considerable amount of time to heal before he steps back onto the court. The last thing anybody wants to see is Bosh attempt to rush back from this condition only to have worsen.
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