Chris Bosh Illness: Updates on Heat Star's Recovery from Blood Clots

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) runs down the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, Dec. 3,  2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was believed to have a strained calf muscle during the All-Star break, but it was revealed on Feb. 15 that he was dealing with blood clots that have since subsided.

Although Miami announced Bosh would not return this postseason, the team is reportedly hopeful he will feature next season.

Continue for updates.

Report: Heat Expect Bosh Return

Friday, May 20

"I just got a text saying that Bosh should be able to play next season. So, the Heat expect Bosh to be able to play next season," said Dan Le Batard of ESPN (via Dan Feldman of NBC Sports). "What I’m telling you is that Bosh is committed to getting back, and the Heat are hopeful that that can be so."

On May 16, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, citing several sources, reported, "There is a fear within the Heat organization that Bosh's condition will prevent him from ever being cleared to play by team doctors."

Riley Discusses Bosh's Status

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Wednesday, May 18

"We're in this together," Heat president Pat Riley told reporters regarding Bosh. He added he wants to "sidle up along next to Chris Bosh and see where we can go with this."

"We're all very encouraged by trying to find a way over the next two to three months to find a protocol to get him back playing," Riley continued. He added the team was "blindsided" by Bosh's first diagnosis, but now it's "eyes wide open." When asked about his return, Riley said it "has to be done in a way we all feel good about."

"It's two years in a row," Riley told reporters, "It definitely has hurt the team. But more so than anything, he's the one suffering."

Heat Announce Bosh Will Not Return for Postseason

Wednesday, May 4

NBPA Releases Statement Regarding Bosh's Playing Status

Tuesday, May 3

The National Basketball Players Association released a statement on Tuesday confirming they are involved in the disagreement between Bosh and the Heat, via Kevin Draper of Deadspin:

"Our top priority is Chris' health and well-being. We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation."

The team's union representative, Amar'e Stoudemire, told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel that he has not been asked to step in and intervene on Bosh's behalf.

Heat Reportedly Aren't Alone in Cautious Approach with Bosh

Tuesday, May 3

Windhorst reported on 790 The Ticket in Miami "that no team doctor would clear" Bosh to play right now, per Christopher Cochran of 790 The Ticket.

Bosh Reportedly Urging Heat to Let Him Play

Monday, May 2

Bosh had been urging the Heat to allow him to suit up in the Heat's Round 2 series against the Raptors, but the team is hesitant due to potential complications with his blood clot issues, according to ESPN's Dan Le Batard, via Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post:

This is complicated and it’s not great. They are not in agreement here. The two sides—This runs the risk of getting problematic here at a bad time, because Chris Bosh wants on the court… It’s obvious that Chris Bosh wants on the court and that he’s pressuring the organization…and that his wife is pressuring the organization. They were wearing the #BringBoshBack shirts (Sunday). There is a tension happening.

Le Batard added Bosh's family is trying to get the NBPA involved to help get him on the court for the series.

Bosh Reportedly Tells Teammates He Won't Play in Playoffs

Friday, April 15

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported Bosh "gave an emotional address to teammates before [the Heat's] first practice of this postseason on Friday, speaking about what playoff time means to him and how it pains him to be unable to play right now."

"Chris talked today to us, as a team," Dwyane Wade said after practice, per Reynolds. "The biggest message is someone who lived for this moment, someone who envisioned these moments especially after last year, he doesn't have the ability to be in it."

Bosh Was Hopeful About Return

Wednesday, March 23

Reynolds reported Feb. 16 that Bosh had "resumed taking blood thinners to treat a clot and [had] hopes of playing again this season."

Bosh No Longer Has Active Blood Clots

Thursday, March 10

Reynolds provided an update from Bosh on his condition:

Bosh Tweets on Recovery

Sunday, March 6

James Comments on Bosh's Illness

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com provided a statement from Bosh's former teammate, LeBron James:

Bosh Comments on Decision to Skip All-Star Game

Saturday, Feb. 13

Bosh told reporters he decided to pull out of the All-Star Game because his calf issue "just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off. I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional."

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford replaced Bosh in the game.

Heat Miss Bosh's Presence

Miami welcomed Bosh back with open arms after he missed the latter stages of the 2014-15 season because of blood clots on his lung. Although the scare initially threatened to end his career, Bosh recovered and eventually returned to the court.

Aside from last year, the versatile power forward has been healthy throughout his time in the NBA. Most of the other ailments he's suffered have been of the minor variety. Before 2014-15, he had missed more than 15 games in a season only once during his 13-year career.

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