The calf strain which kept Chris Bosh sidelined during the NBA All-Star weekend is a lot more serious than initially reported, with what appears to be a blood clot in leg, which doesn’t just jeopardize the rest of the season for the Miami Heat star, but perhaps the rest of his career.
During the weekend Bosh said he was hoping to get back on the court as soon as possible, but it seems the he and the Heat were keeping thing as tight and sealed as possible. Last season, Bosh was shut down at around this time (February 21) for a blood clot in one of his lungs, which was a life threatening situation for a very short while, with Bosh not returning until the end of the season, and the Heat missing the playoffs.
But there does seem to be a difference in the severity of both cases. Last season Bosh couldn’t walk around because of the pain initially. This time, while he was diagnosed in Toronto, Bosh remained active in the All-Star events as a fan, sitting on the bench and appearing to all events, not having to be hospitalized, which means that this time, there’s a chance things won’t require him to be shut down again.
But as Dwyane Wade said about the matter, this has nothing to do with basketball anymore. If this is a recurring problem which has to do with the lifestyle and daily routine of an NBA player, family and his personal health come first. It’s too soon to throw around words like retirement, but with this problem and serious health risk rearing it’s ugly head again, that option is obviously considered.
Bosh, who signed a five-year deal with the Miami Heat in 2014 worth $118 million, has averaged 20 points per game with 7.2 rebounds since becoming the team’s number one offensive option since James left. He is averaging 19.1 points per game, and was selected to the All-Star game for the 11th consecutive time, dating back to his days with the Toronto Raptors.