Chris Bosh‘s campaign to get the Miami Heat to clear him to return to action on the court with them continues — and this time with words challenging the team doctors. Not so coincidentally right before the start of training camp.
Bosh has missed the end of the past two seasons due to a blood clotting issue that can be life threatening if left unchecked. Bosh said came out of that with ordeal with a health maintenance plan and a rekindled passion for basketball — now he wants to get back on the court. However, Heat doctors have yet to officially clear him to play at the start of training camp.
In a documentary for The Uninterrupted — one directed by Bosh — he says that he felt written off by the Heat doctors who told him his career is over.
“Seeing the team doctors, they told me that my season is over, my career is probably over and this just happens, this is just how it is. I felt right away that I was written off. It was (claps his hands like a blackjack dealer leaving the table) put it to the side matter-of-factly. If a doctor tells me, ‘Hey that’s it and this is how that is,’ and I don’t buy that. I have the right to disagree with you.
“I know inside me I have a lot talent and a lot of ability. I have it. I know I have it. It wasn’t a matter of if I play again, it was when. So we took the bull by the horns.”
Bosh has been undergoing physicals with the team, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Bosh wants to play again. He has consulted with doctors who put together a blood thinning drug regimen where the drugs would be out of his system by game times. The Heat clearly are not comfortable with this and, while they are willing to welcome him to camp, they have not cleared him to play. If he were cleared, it is not known whether there are restrictions on his minutes or travel, or whether he would push back against those restrictions.
With Bosh on the court the Heat are a likely playoff team in the East. He is huge for their offense, having averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, shooting 36.7 percent from three, and he had a PER of 20.2 last season. He was selected by the coaches as an All-Star last season (but he couldn’t play in the game due to the blood clots returning, and he did not return to the court last season). If the Heat can get an independent doctor to say Bosh is permanently disabled and unable to play professional sports, the team could get his $75 million remaining off the team books (although Bosh would still get paid, that money just wouldn’t count against the team’s cap).
This is all going to come to a head in the next couple of weeks. One way or another.