The Miami Heat is making a change of heart as reports are swirling that they would clear Chris Bosh to play while on blood thinners. The Heat is still very cautious about their decision so as not to be blamed if anything should happen to the 13-year NBA veteran.
The Heat and Bosh have been in a tug-of-war on whether it is clear for Bosh to play in the coming season. Bosh has been on the team’s injured list since the All-Star break in February, and ever since, both camps have expressed their opinion on the matter.
According to Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, both sides are looking at a possible solution to the matter. A player’s union source noted that there is a growing “optimism” that the Heat would allow Bosh to play. The Heat is in dire need of a solid performer in the coming season since Dwyane Wade opted to play for the Chicago Bulls.
If the Heat would allow Bosh to return to active duty, it would somehow give them a winning chance on their offense. At the same time, it would ease the pressure on Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson.
“Bosh pitched the Heat on playing late last season while taking a new form of blood thinner that would be out of his system in eight hours or so. The Heat resisted that approach at that time but is now more open than it had been to Bosh playing while on blood thinners, according to the source,” Jackson wrote.
Jackson added that also placed into consideration is how Bosh’s body would react to the Heat’s schedule of having back-to-back games. The Heat is just being cautious of their decision as it could backfire on them if something goes wrong with Bosh in the future.
Bosh twice got sidelined due to blood clots to his lungs and leg on separate occasions. At the 2015 NBA All-Star, Bosh got admitted to a hospital in Miami after doctors found a blood clot in his lungs. This was a year after Bosh was supposed to take part in the three-point shootout at the 2016 NBA All-Star.
However, before he could step on the court, he withdrew due to a calf injury. It was later learned that he also had a blood clot to his leg and would go on to miss playing for the Heat last season.
Now that both parties are looking at a mutual agreement, Bosh will be able to return to active duty and help the Heat breeze through the coming season.
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