The Miami Heat have publicly stated that they expect perennial All-Star Chris Bosh to be back participating in "full basketball activities" by September 2015.
On the mend
The news is sure to delight Miami Heat fans, and NBA supporters in general, who have been united in their concern for Bosh since it was revealed that blood clots had been discovered in his lungs in the week following the All-Star break.
The scary incident left many speculating on whether Chris Bosh would return to the Heat and the NBA at all, but, speaking publicly for the first time since his 2014-15 season was iced, the Miami star said he only briefly doubted his ability to take to the court again.
"For a short period of time [I feared never playing basketball again]," Bosh explained.
"But I'm a huge fan of positive thinking. And that subject did come up. But that was only a possibility. I knew I was going to play basketball again. It was just something I had to cope with quickly."
Playing through the pain
Bosh was flown to hospital mid-way through a weeklong break in Haiti after being convinced by his wife, Adrienne, to seek medical attention. He admitted though that he had likely played in games with the blood clots.
"I'm imagining I did, yeah...I was just concentrating on other things," Bosh said when quizzed on just how he played on despite the ailment.
"Some days were rough; some days weren't. I'm thinking it's something else.I [wasn't] thinking it was what it was. I wasn't really thinking about myself. I was thinking about what I could do to help out the team and win some games. I didn't want to continue to add to the snowball of what was going on."
What has been going on in Miami this season has been a host of injuries. Chris Bosh has been the most serious concern, but fellow veteran Dwyane Wade has been absent for 18 games this campaign while the likes of Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts are just a sample of those Miami players who have spent time on the treatment table in recent months.
As such the team has struggled to find consistency this season and find themselves on the outside looking in on the race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
But while the next few months may hold heartbreak on that from for the Miami franchise, the news that they can expect one of their key figures back in uniform come the start of the 2015-16 season will gives reason for hope.
What do you think Heat fans? How key is Chris Bosh to the team's success, and will he be able to come back the same player? Let us know in the comments section below...