Friday, September 23
After failing a physical because of continued blood clotting, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh hasn’t been cleared for training camp, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
The Heat released this statement regarding Bosh on their official site:
The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible. Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.
We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player’s consent.
Monday, August 29
When someone loves the game of basketball, it’s hard to keep them away from it. Over the past two seasons, Chris Bosh from the Miami Heat has had to miss the second half of each campaign because of potentially life-threatening blood clots.
The 6-11 forward, however, is back. And he documented the journey, on Snapchat, from his home to a private gym where he proceeded to get shots up and work on his game.
“I know I’ve been gone for a moment, but now I’m back,” Bosh said, as transcribed by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Everybody is always asked me am I hooping? Yes, I’m hooping. Absolutely. I’m a hooper.”
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Bosh has been a huge part of Miami’s rotation during his time there–whether it was as a floor spacer for LeBron James, or switching off with Dwyane Wade as the team’s first option. Now, Bosh is the only member of the Big Three that’s left in Miami, and it’s still his team. Hassan Whiteside is the next franchise centerpiece, but it’ll be a bit until he’s ready for that role. The three years left on Bosh’s contract allow him to handle being the first option as he finishes out his prime while Whiteside continues to develop.
His drastically improved three-point shooting opens up the floor for other guys to work, but he’s capable of posting up on the low block on finishing around the basket. He rebounds at a respectable rate still, and he’s a threat in both the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop.
Not only will they need him for his on-court production, but the locker room needs him just as much. The two-time world champion has been around the league for a very, very long time, and he and Udonis Haslem are the two most tenured guys on the roster. The young core–Tyle Johnson, Whiteside, Justise Winslow–need mentors as they get ready to inherit the team.
In 53 games last season, Bosh was named an All-Star and averaged 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and shot 46.7 percent from the field.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference
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