Chris Bosh quickly fell from one of the best players in the NBA to completely out of the league. It wasn’t because of his skills, but instead due to his health.
This all started back in February of 2015. It spurred up again in September of 2016 when he failed his physical with the Miami Heat and couldn’t play. This all revolved around blood clotting he suffered from in his legs.
The 32-year old Bosh last played in a game on February 9th, 2016. At times since then, it appeared as if Bosh retired due to health issues. Also at times, Bosh has stated he’s healthy enough to play again.
Well, he is saying once again he can play in the NBA.
While appearing in his new job as an analyst for Turner Sports’ Players Only NBA broadcasts, Bosh made it clear he could be healthy enough one day to play again.
“My health is great,” Bosh said during Monday night’s initial broadcast. “I’m feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready.”
During the show, the big man didn’t say specifically if the blood clots he suffered from throughout the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons have popped up again. However, he did say his children want to know when their dad will play in the NBA again.
“I’m getting pressure from them too,” Bosh said.
Two days after his last game on February 9th, 2016, another blood clot was found in his calf.
“I can’t imagine what you’re going through,” Players Only studio host Chris Webber told Bosh during the show on Monday.
Bosh still is under contract with the Heat, so unless they release him, he would only be able to return with Miami. The big man still has a spot in the locker room, but hasn’t been around the team at all.
“I think one of the interesting things that I didn’t anticipate was my mental health, and that’s something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we’re used to a set schedule and we’re used to a certain type of world,” Bosh said. “And that’s something that I’ve really had to work on for my well-being.”
As of now, Bosh’s run with Turner goes through March 27th. Until then, Bosh will continue to try and get healthier while the Heat attempt to win some games. Right now, Miami is struggling with a record of 27-33.
“I think you just have a bunch of young guys trying to figure it out right now,” Bosh said. “But they’re scrappy. I know one thing — they’re going to prepare. They’re going to play hard every night. … The system is the system, they’re going to run that system and they’re going to roll it out with their guys.”
Bosh is owed $52 million over the next two seasons by Miami, who could seek salary cap relief because of his injury soon. Once again, it remains to be seen if Bosh will actually come back, as he’s claimed to be healthy many times before only to be refuted by doctors. If he does return however, it isn’t guaranteed it’ll be with the Heat.