Miami Heat ’s Chris Bosh continues to be in a complex relationship with his team’s management. The 32-year-old power forward has been diagnosed twice in his career of life-threatening blood clots in February 2015 and February 2016, and he’s been sidelined for months now.
Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and an eleven-time all-star. Perhaps the wise thing for him to do is to call it a career and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
But Chris Bosh still loves the game. He insists on continuing his career in spite of failing his medical exams and the threats to his health. The Heat, in the lack of talent, sure does want him back, but won’t take risks. Other teams won’t either.
“Is their concern the health of Chris Bosh? No, their concern is that in one of their arenas, with a room full of fans, one of their players is going to die on the court, and everybody’s going to freak out,” Milstein said. “That’s not a concern for Chris Bosh. That’s a concern for the business of the Miami Heat. And that’s where the conflict of interest arises.” Sports atty. Alan Milstein said, according to BleacherReport.
NBA’s solution for Chris Bosh
The NBA is said to create a new medical panel for players similar to Bosh’s situation. Once it takes effect, under the new CBA agreement, teams can refer the case of players deemed medically unfit to the panel for a ruling, which will be deemed final and binding on both parties.
It could bar him if it finds a player under a life-threatening condition, or reinstate him if it finds the team wrongly disqualified him. It may also compel the team to trade/waive him.
Playing Chris Bosh too risky
“The risk of having a recurrent blood clot by being treated intermittently is less than not being treated at all,” Prof. Ansell said. “But it’s not as good as being treated continuously.”
“The best-case scenario for Bosh, in Ansell’s view, would be to play twice a week—while skipping all full-contact practices—because of the need to take blood thinners between games.”
But the question is, what team would take all the risks involved with Chris Bosh only to have him play minimally and without practice?
Once the medical panel starts, Chris Bosh will have to submit his case voluntarily since its policies would not have a retroactive effect. He could risk being barred from the NBA for good, or he could avoid the panel while remaining in the doldrums with no team taking the risk of signing him. Chris Bosh is right. His situation is like being in a purgatory.
“You’re not on Earth, you’re not in heaven,” Chris Bosh said in his Uninterrupted series. “You’re just somewhere in between, and that’s the part that drives you crazy. Because you’re in nothingness.”
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