Chris Bosh’s career might be in jeopardy. Miami Heat’s star forward is dealing with a health scare, a pulmonary embolism that will undoubtedly shut him down for the remainder of the NBA season. It was originally feared that Bosh has blood clots in his lungs. The Miami Herald confirmed that fear in their report.
Bosh, according to the team, checked into a Miami-area hospital on Wednesday after missing practice. On Thursday, the team doctor met with him to specify the diagnosis. More tests were held on Friday, but regardless of the results, the chances were great that Chris Bosh’s season was going to come to an end.
Per CBS Sports, the Miami Heat are expected to officially shut him down.
Chris Bosh could miss the remainder of the NBA season if tests come back showing blood clots. http://t.co/A0khUw6uKX
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2015
I’m praying for a speedy recovery for @ChrisBosh!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 20, 2015
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) February 21, 2015
As far as the rest of his playing days are concerned, long-term health is more important. What Bosh is suffering with is not life-threatening. That should serve as some sign of relief, but it is disappointing to think of what could become of his playing days. It was a career redefining season for Bosh. He was averaging 21.1 points and seven rebounds a game. Most importantly, he was taking over the mantle as the Heat’s franchise player. Timing for his ailment could not have been worse.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 20, 2015
Chris Bosh is not the only athlete who has dealt with his condition. The Palm Beach Post released a story featuring other sports figures with similar health scares, including tennis star Serena Williams and NBA players Mirza Teletovic and Anderson Varejao.
Getting Dragic, coupled with a healthy Dwyane Wade, was supposed to put Miami in the conversation as an Eastern Conference contender. They had landed one of the league’s best lead guards in Dragic. He was going to a team that he wanted to play for. Add Luol Deng, an emerging Hassan Whiteside, and Bosh, then you have a more than formidable starting lineup. Now fans may never get a chance to see anything come to fruition.
It’s unknown if Bosh will ever play again. If he is clear to continue his career, there is no guarantee that he will be the same player.
There is also no promise that Dragic, a free agent at the end of the season, will resign with the team. It is safe to say that the Miami Heat are in a tough position.
Get well soon, Chris Bosh.
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