As the Miami Heat fight for their playoff lives in a first round Eastern Conference series with the Charlotte Hornets, one former key part to the team appears ready to return to the court — star forward Chris Bosh.
Just don’t tell that to the Miami Heat though, as they remain firm in their belief that he is still “out indefinitely” with an undisclosed medical condition. Clearly, the two sides don’t see eye-to-eye on his health or his timeframe for a return to the court.
With the series against the Hornets standing at 2-2, Bosh broke months of silence on social media and posted a video of him shooting shots at American Airlines Arena in Miami. His message was simple, “Still Got It.”
It appears that his ability was never in question by the Heat, but his overall health has been a major concern. Bosh has not appeared in a game for the Heat since March 10th and the Heat’s statement to ESPN this week couldn’t be more clear, regardless of playoff implications: “There is no update. He is out still indefinitely.”
While the circumstances of his health reasons for not playing the rest of this season have not been revealed, Bosh clearly doesn’t believe things are as serious as his team does.
He was put on blood thinners to help prevent blood clots from repeating in his legs back in mid-February and was shut down for the rest of the season less than a month later.
However, that didn’t stop Bosh’s wife from taking to social media, starting the #BringBackBosh hashtag in the hopes of putting pressure on the organization earlier this week. Given his medical history and the statements of the team, it is clear that none of it is going to matter.
After all, putting a man out there who isn’t cleared and could die from playing the game isn’t exactly a smart move by the franchise.
Bosh does have a scary history of blood clots, missing the rest of the season following the All-Star break in 2015 due to blood clots in his lungs. However, he insists that the issue at hand right now has nothing to do with blood clots, at least that is what Bosh said in a statement released upon him being shut down on March 10.
Whatever the medical reason is, the Heat doctors believe there isn’t a single NBA team that would clear him to play given his medical status, and that should tell us all we really need to know.
It remains to be seen how this all plays out as the playoffs continue on for the Heat, but the team seems to be putting the long-term health of their player ahead of any wishes to play in the here-and-now.