Miami Heat’s power forward-center Chris Bosh last played in the NBA against the Spurs on February, and had been sidelined since due to his life threatening condition with blood clots.
He’s missed majority of his last two seasons because of it, diagnosed twice, first on his leg and now in his lungs. All this comes at a time when the Heat needs his services most.
First came the loss of LeBron James to Cleveland, followed by Dwyane Wade going to Chicago. Chris Bosh is the face of the heat, a prolific scorer, and a threat from the 3-point zone. There is no doubt that the team needs him more than ever.
According to a report by the Sun Sentinel, the Heat’s owner himself tweeted “Looking good CB @chrisbosh look forward to seeing in camp” in response to Bosh’s aggressive social media posts declaring his return to the NBA training camp in the Bahamas.
Chris Bosh has shown his positivity in playing again, which is good since the feeling is supposedly mutual. He wants back, and the Heat needs him. But the legal implications could be huge if he does return, and something happens to him on court.
He needs to be cleared by doctors of the team before he can play. Medical reports are expected within the month.
But it’s not just as easy as that, as Chris Bosh has accused the team of keeping him off the court so the team can seek cap relief from his salary, and he could be right.
Bosh has due him $25.3 million in ’17-18 and $26.8 million in ’18-19, and believes the team wants these figures removed ‘cause of his condition, and this could be tedious and take time. It means Chris Bosh would be sidelined longer, and not just for his medical condition.
The NBA’s top management could, and should be expected to settle the gridlock between the two parties. Either it could see through the process of transparency, expedite matters, and push for what’s best for the team and Bosh’ overall safety.
Specifically, as reported by Slam, to clear Bosh off the cap, the labor agreement says, “a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association” must agree his condition “is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing.”
The NBA’s consultancy should be able to ease tensions and enforce mutual trust going forward, while overlooking matters as a third party, giving inputs as to how things should proceed being a unique case, especially on highly technical matters with legal consequences.
It must come at some point, or else we’ll be seeing more of Chris Bosh on the sidelines while the Heat continues to reel from Dwyane Wade and LeBron James loss with its roster badly in need of leadership.
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