Chris Bosh Injury Update: Heat Star Out for Season with Blood Clots on Lung

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2015

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Miami Heat star Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after blood clots were discovered on his lung.

The Heat released a statement Saturday confirming the news:

The Miami HEAT announced today that Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 Season, while being treated for blood clots on his lung.

Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami HEAT team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.

Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald and Tim Reynold of The Associated Press provided comments from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra:

Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report also reported from Spoelstra that Goran Dragic would start Saturday's game because "we don't have time to wait."

On Monday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that "Spoelstra said he expects Bosh to be released from the hospital, 'soon. I don't have an exact date.'"

Bosh has been one of the most consistent stars in the NBA over the past decade. He's earned 10 straight All-Star Game appearances and won two championships. This health issue has shown the respect for him goes far beyond the court, though.

Adrienne Bosh, his wife, previously provided a quick update while thanking everybody for the support:

Dwyane Wade spoke about Bosh's setback and future in the NBA:

Former teammate LeBron James noted the situation was far bigger than basketball:

New teammate Goran Dragic also chimed in:

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who played with Bosh on Team USA en route to the 2008 Olympic gold medal, sent his prayers:

So did fellow Lakers legend Magic Johnson:

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck sent out a message that was similar to those of other media members:

Former NFL star and Miami native Chad Johnson was among those from outside basketball to send their message of support:

Bosh later took to Instagram to thank everyone for their kind words:

There were many more where that came from, illustrating Bosh's impact on not only the game but also on the people with whom he's interacted over the years.

His season comes to a close after 44 games. He was asked to take on a larger offensive role this season after James' departure and responded by averaging more than 21 points while also chipping in seven rebounds per contest. His absence obviously hurts the team's playoff chances.

All of that is secondary, however. The focus is on his recovery, as the basketball community hopes he can get all the way back to full strength and eventually make a successful return to the court.