Miami Heat: Will Tragic Death of Masseuse Affect Chris Bosh?

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIJune 5, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat drives against Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Center on March 13, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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A tragic event occurred Monday night when Chris Bosh's masseuse died after collapsing at Bosh's residence in South Florida.

It wasn't reported whether Bosh was at home during the time of the collapse, but even if he wasn't, it has to be a major distraction for the All-Star. An unfortunate event like that can really haunt any person, especially if they witnessed it.

Life is more important than basketball. This is obvious and death should definitely not be taken lightly.

But life goes on and business has to go on as usual for the Miami Heat, especially as they continue their run for their second title. 

Will Chris Bosh be ready psychologically and emotionally when he returns from injury?

We all saw what happened to Lamar Odom this season after his tumultuous summer. Odom's cousin died last year and when he in New York City to attend the funeral a few days later, he was a passenger in a car collision that killed a pedestrian. 

The events haunted Odom so much that he considered taking some time off during the season. Odom's numbers dipped heavily and he hit a downward spiral. He was later placed on the inactive list by the Dallas Mavericks.

Who knows if his career will ever bounce back after what he went through?

Life happens.

It's tough for anyone, even the toughest athlete, to overcome adverse events such as these and pretend like nothing happened.

Perhaps what Bosh needs is to be thrown quickly into the fire and play basketball. Maybe that's when he'll clear his mind and regain his focus. 

But what if the tragedy is too much for him to handle? 

What if he starts to struggle immensely in the most crucial moments?

It could really harm Miami throughout the rest of the playoffs. They've needed help from their bigs in their current series against Boston. Kevin Garnett has absolutely dominated in the paint because of Miami's lack of size in Bosh's absence. 

Imagine they're up against a thick Oklahoma City Thunder team in the NBA Finals with a center that's not 100 percent emotionally invested in the game. 

It won't be Bosh's fault. Some people just can't handle these kind of things better than others. 

More power to those who can, but at the end of the day, it'll be unfair to rip Bosh if he struggles because of this.

We'll soon find out if it will affect him or not.

The Heat certainly hope that he'll be good to go.