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Chris Bosh Says His Kids Are the Reason He Wants to Make NBA Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2016

TORONTO, ON - MAY 03:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on from the bench in the first half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  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 Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh stated in the final episode of his UNINTERRUPTED miniseries, Bosh Rebuilt, that he's still focused on continuing his NBA career for his five children.

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press passed along comments made by the 32-year-old Texas native, whose career has been brought into question by lingering problems with blood clots, in the series finale about his desire to get back on the court:

What I would say to the people who just see the money and kind of see my situation and say, "Hey, just walk away," I get it. I totally get it. I understand you. I hear you. But I'm not really thinking about money. I'm just thinking about where my heart is. I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living.

On the topic of potentially walking away from the game in order to ensure his health for his kids, he stated: "I want my children to know that daddy was a fighter and he just didn't give up very easily."

UNINTERRUPTED provided a trailer of the fifth and final installment in the miniseries:

Bosh's status remains up in the air with the 2016-17 NBA season set to get underway this month.

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The Georgia Tech product is under contract with the Heat through the 2018-19 campaign with a cap hit of more than $23 million each season, per Spotrac. But the team has been hesitant to let him back into an active role due to the health complications. 

Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel provided remarks from team president Pat Riley about whether the team is thinking about Bosh's return after he failed the Heat's preseason physical.

"We are not," Riley said. "I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return. We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over."

It creates a difficult situation for Bosh.

He's maintained his interest in pushing on with his NBA career, but the Heat's stance means he'd likely need to help facilitate a trade or reach some type of buyout agreement in order to land with another team, and he'd still need to gain medical clearance from the new organization.

While the odds of that happening are uncertain, Bosh's comments make it clear he's not prepared to officially walk away, and his family is a key reason for his decision to fight on.