Although the Miami Heat and Chris Bosh’s representatives have done a relatively good job of keeping this story away from the mainstream media, there’s still a real possibility that Bosh may never play another NBA game.
And it’s because for the second time in two years, he’s dealing with a career-threatening blood clot issue.
It all started when Bosh fell ill while on vacation in February of 2015. Medical tests showed that a blood clot, which originated in his calf, had been able to travel all the way up to his lungs because it hadn’t been detected, and the situation immediately became life-threatening.
The Miami Heat quickly called an end to Bosh’s season.
But luckily, he was able to make a full recovery that offseason and was ready to go on opening night of the 2015-16′ season.
But the nightmare continued for the Dallas-native, as he fell victim to yet another blood clot in February. However, the clot was discovered much earlier this time around, and there was genuine optimism in the Bosh camp that he’d be ready to go for the postseason.
But the Heat blocked all attempts from Bosh and his management to get him back on the court, and that’s where we stand now.
The suggested treatment for blood clots is blood thinners, and like all medication, it doesn’t come without its side effects.
The most concerning side effect of the blood thinners is easy bruising and prolonged bleeding from cuts. For a forward who’s used to getting into the body of the opposition, these side effects can end up being fatal.
Therefore, the Miami Heat organization have pretty much ruled out any chance of Bosh playing while using blood thinners.
This leaves Bosh with two options.
One option is that, since the clot is now gone, he can stop using the thinners. But that would make him vulnerable to a third and certainly career-ending blood clot. And since he’s gotten them two years in a row now, this option seems a bit risky.
The second option is that he can stay on the thinners, but take a new medication which lessens, if not completely gets rid of, the side effects of the thinners. Bosh reportedly suggested this idea mid-season to the organization, to which they declined.
This has led to conspiracy theories that Miami is trying to force Bosh into medical retirement, which would allow them to take his $75 million over the next three years off the books.
But this notion is extremely unlikely to be true.
Many medical experts have been asked about this topic, including some in the Heat organization, and nobody knows if it’s safe to play on blood thinners, no matter what medication you’re taking to counteract its side effects.
The Bosh camp seems to be the side that wants to take the risk, while the Heat are on the side of caution. Part of this may be because head coach Erik Spoelstra was on the court to witness college player Hank Gathers drop dead on the floor, and he doesn’t want Bosh to suffer the same fate.
But in the end, it should be Bosh that has the final say in whether he plays another basketball game. It’s just that nobody knows if he will.