Chris Bosh to Join TNT as NBA Studio Analyst

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh gestures as he speaks during a news conference, in Miami. The Heat forward who had each of his last two seasons halted by blood clots that were discovered at the All-Star break said in a podcast released Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, that he
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While Chris Bosh continues to seek a return to the court, the 11-time All-Star will also offer his expertise as a studio analyst for TNT's NBA coverage. 

NBA on TNT welcomed Bosh to the team on Twitter. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the studio analyst stint will last five weeks and coincides with the "likely timing of [the] Heat attempting to shed [Bosh's] cap hit."

Per a release from NBA.com, Bosh will be appearing on a new TNT studio show Players Only when it debuts on February 27 with Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis:

The Players Only series is centered on showcasing the game exclusively through the unique lens of the professional basketball player. Each night's NBA coverage will incorporate a more conversational delivery and broader NBA player integrations into the telecasts to offer viewers an entertaining narrative and deeper insights in to the game – directly from the athlete's perspective. All commentators appearing as part of Players Only are current and/or former professional players.

The show will air at 7 p.m. ET on Mondays for five weeks prior to the start of TNT's doubleheader coverage. 

Heat president Pat Riley told Winderman last September that Bosh's tenure with the team was over.  

"We are not [working toward Bosh's return]," 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."

Riley's announcement came after the Heat issued a statement revealing Bosh was not medically cleared during a preseason physical. He was diagnosed with a blood clot in one of his lungs that ended his 2014-15 season prematurely.

The issue returned in February 2016, leading to Bosh not being cleared for action this season. He hasn't officially retired from the NBA and is under contract with the Heat through 2019, but the two sides could agree to a buyout at some point. 

Bosh played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. He was named to 11 straight All-Star teams from 2006-16 and won two NBA titles in four finals appearances with the Heat as part of the Big Three alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.