Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh will not participate in the NBA All Star events as he officially backed out due to a strained right calf, this he confirmed in a statement though the Heat.
With the injury, Bosh will not participate in the Foot Locker Three-point Shootout Competition and in the NBA All Star Game. Details on his injury was not clear though the 6-foot-11 forward flew to Toronto and was present during the activities of the East All-Stars.
“I am honored to be selected to participate in the All Start Weekend Festivities, and will still be here to support my fellow East All-Stars,” Bosh said. “But I will use this weekend to try to heal and focus on the second half of the HEAT season.”
The scene comes as a deja vu since Bosh had a similar exit in the 2015 All-Star Game in New York when he was admitted to a hospital and was diagnosed with a blood clot to one of his lungs that cause him to side lined for the remainder of the season. However, it is not clear if his calf injury has something to do with his past medical injury.
Ironically, Bosh was the first round drafted pick by the Toronto Raptors back in 2003 and later signed with the Heat in 2010. During his stint with the Raptors, Bosh was a five-time NBA All-Star, was named to the All-NBA second team and played for the US National squad in the 2008 Olympics.
Before leaving the Raptors, Bosh led the team to its first playoff berth and its first ever division title in the 2006-07 season.
With Bosh out of the All-Star Games, the NBA later announced that he will be replaced by Atlanta Hawks’ Al Hoford for the All-Star Game while Portland Trailblazers’ C.J. McCollom will replace Bosh in the three-point shootout.
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