The Miami Heat hit a huge iceberg to their playoff campaign as they announced that Chris Bosh will not be playing for the rest of this year’s season due to complications his health. The Heat issued a statement that they are closely working with Bosh and his doctors to get through this stage and bring back Bosh to the active roster.
Though posting their place on social media Wednesday, the Heat as an organization has not specified nor explained why Bosh was not able to play during the first round of the Playoffs against the Charlotte Hornets and then again against the Toronto Raptors.
“The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. The HEAT, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible,” the Heat statement reads.
The bizarre thing is that the statement came out after Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, caught the attention of fans through social media calling for the return of Bosh into the active playing roster. The social media clamor has even reached the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), who also requested a meeting with the team’s officials to discuss the matter about Bosh and his future.
“Our top priority is Chris’ health and well-being. We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation,” NBPA said in a statement Tuesday.
However, no meeting has taken place as of yet and the NBPA is hoping that they could arrange a specific date to clear things out between the Heat and Bosh regarding the issue.
After playing in the 2015 All-Star Game, Bosh was admitted to a Miami hospital for lung tests during the All-Star break then on Feb. 21 he was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a blood clot on one of his lungs. Bosh made his return on Oct. 28 as he played in the Heat’s season opener against the Charlotte Hornets, recording 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 104–94 win.
Though he was voted to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game and was selected to compete in the Three-Point Contest, Bosh was forced to withdraw from both due to a calf injury. A blood clot in his leg again forced Bosh to miss time after the All-Star break. He faced increasing pressure from physicians and the Heat organization to sit out the rest of the season because of the potential dangers of the recurring medical condition.
Bosh signed a five-year contract with the Heat worth $118.7 million guaranteed and an annual salary of $23,741,060. The 32-year old veteran still has three more years left on his contract and by the end of his fifth year, he is estimated to get $26,837,720.
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