The Miami Heat may be losing Chris Bosh for the rest of the season after rumors indicated that the big man could have blood clots in his lungs.
The team has been quiet about Bosh’s absence on Friday, as reports spread that he was hospitalized and undergoing tests. Just two days before, coach Erik Spoelstra tried to downplay Bosh’s absence, speaking of it as an illness that he was working on getting over.
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
But a blood clot would be a very serious issue. As the Sun-Sentinel pointed out, both Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao and Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic were forced out for the remainder of their seasons after blood clots were discovered in their lungs. And earlier this week, former Portland Trail Blazers star Jerome Kersey died from a pulmonary embolism.
It’s unclear when Chris Bosh’s medical issues could have started. He was said to be healthy and in good spirits during All Star Game Weekend, and then on a brief trip to Haiti.
“I don’t know when he got sick,” Wade said after Thursday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. “He wasn’t feeling good but I don’t know what it was. He just wasn’t feeling good overall.”
“I’m not a doctor. I just know he wasn’t feeling good. He wasn’t coughing or throwing up but he wasn’t feeling good. I don’t know when it happened.”
If Chris Bosh does indeed have a lung clot, he could be looking at a lengthy recovery. The treatment for this condition lasts at least six months and requires that the patient have limited physical activity, ESPN reported.
If the rumors are true, then the loss of Chris Bosh could be a costly blow to the Miami Heat’s playoff hopes. The Heat are currently on the edge of the playoff picture, with a 22-30 record that has them in the No. 8 spot by one game. Bosh is averaging 21.1 points with 7.0 rebounds in 44 games this season.
The Miami Heat have not yet addressed the rumors regarding Chris Bosh, but could be announcing plans for him soon after the hospital tests are completed.