Chris Bosh has been out for an extended period of time due to a blood clot issue in his legs, and the Miami Heat have officially ruled out his return in 2016. Now the concern turns to when he can come back in the future.
According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, there is a chance that Bosh never plays another NBA game.Simply hearing that news should sober up every fan, analyst, and player. It shows just how serious the issue that Bosh is dealing with really has become. Miami has been criticized at times by fans and analysts for not letting Bosh play despite the pleas on social media that Bosh and his wife have made to allow him back on the court.
The blood clot problem has come up before this season and that issue was as recent as last season.
In February of 2015, Bosh felt pain in his leg that continued to move up to his rib. It was diagnosed that he was dealing with a blood clot that had reached his lung. That clot could have proven to be fatal for Bosh if he had not noticed it and the clot had gone untreated.
Miami has no intention of risking Bosh's health for something as meaningless as a basketball game. Head coach Erik Spoelstra has witnessed an on-court tragedy before, as he was on the court when Loyola Marymount big man Hank Gathers collapsed and passed away. That is not something that he has any intention of seeing again.Despite Bosh's frustration with having to sit out, he has to see the bigger picture. Bosh has a wife and five children that rely on him being there and raising them. That is something that he cannot risk to play the game of basketball if the blood clot problem that he has is something that will continue coming back.
Hearing that there is a chance that Bosh could see his career end because of this issue is a bit shocking. As previously mentioned it was just a week or two ago that his family was making the case for him to play.
Winderman could be going a bit far with his belief that Bosh may never play again, but it certainly makes sense.
During the 2015-16 season with the Heat in 53 games played, Bosh averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He was proving once again that he is capable of being a true No. 1 scorer. Miami has been able to continue winning without him, but if they had him they would be even more of a dangerous threat in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Expect to see Bosh continue fighting and attempting to come back throughout the upcoming offseason. He wants to play next year and the Heat will likely allow him to if he gets full clearance from his doctors. That being said, this has become a serious situation to keep an eye on, and Winderman seems fairly confident in his belief that Bosh may not play again.
Do you think that Chris Bosh will play another NBA game in the future? Should he retire from the NBA and focus on taking care of his family rather than taking risks with his blood clot issue? Let us know in the comment box below!
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