The Miami Heat doctors have yet to clear Chris Bosh to play for the team when training camp opens in a couple of weeks.
But Bosh’s campaign of pressure to get them to do so — to agree to a plan involving management of the serious blood clot issue that kept him out the second half of the last two seasons — continues. He has used social media in the past, plus had leaks from the Union side that the Heat were leaning toward a deal.
The latest salvo comes in the form of Bosh appearing on the Open Run podcast tied to The Uninterrupted, and was very clear when asked if he was ready for training camp.
“Absolutely. We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement in May that as soon as I’m ready to play, as soon as possible, I’ll play. I’m ready. I’ve done all my work working with the doctors. I’m in incredible shape. … I look good when I take my shirt off.”
Bosh said he expects he and his team of advisors to reach a deal with the Heat, and he thinks the owner wants to see him in camp.
“Especially with Micky Arison saying, ‘I’ll see you at camp.’ I think it’s moving forward,” Bosh said. “I have no reason to believe it’s not. We’ll finish this.”
The Heat are far more cautious. There are questions to be answered about what kind of blood thinners Bosh will take, would he come off them on game days (or use one that is gone from his system in eight hours), plus would there be travel or minutes restrictions. People with this kind of recurring blood clotting issue — and Bosh had a clot travel to his lung two years ago — are often on blood thinners for the remainder of their lives.
Miami wants to cover its bases. Bosh just wants to play.
The two sides likely will strike a deal. But until they do, Bosh is not going to let up the pressure.