Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh played it safe when it came to his decision to pull out of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game due to a calf injury.
He said he felt good leading up to the weekend, but in the end he was certain sitting out was the best option, per Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com:
Yesterday I was upbeat, but it just kind of lingered. I tried to treat it and all these things, but it’s just one of those funny things where if you feel like it’s not really turning a corner, you know calves can turn into really major, major problems. Any other circumstance, I’d try to push through it, but it just didn’t make any sense to do it.
It was obvious Bosh tried to do all he could to play in the game, as he waited until Friday to make the decision, but in the end, staying healthy for the regular season—and his future in general—won out. He missed 38 games last season while suffering from blood clots in his lungs, which originally stemmed from blood clots in his leg.
The 31-year-old doesn't feel like this is a repeat of that, per Helin:
I’m pretty optimistic. I’m always making sure. When we get back to Miami we’ll do everything we need to do to treat this...
Just being smart and cautious. I’m just taking it a day at a time. I’m trying to make sure that I go and get it checked out. We’re doing everything we need to do here; there’s not much we can do now. Of course, the trainers and doctors will take another look at it and re-evaluate it, and just make sure.
It's hard to argue with Bosh, who was set to participate in the Three-Point Contest as well, considering last year's situation became life-threatening. On a much smaller scale, it's also a good move in terms of his team, as he leads Miami in points (19.1) per game and is second in rebounds (7.4) per contest.
However, the decision has not been easy on him, per Helin.
“I’ve been kinda down the last couple days,” Bosh said. “But I’m here, and I still get to take in everything and enjoy what I can. I was really looking forward to competing (in the Three-Point Contest) because that something unique for me, but there’s nothing I can do.”
What he can do is rest, enjoy the weekend and try to stay healthy and help lead the 29-24 Heat to the playoffs.