The Miami Heat are in an unusually position at present, watching on as the NBA Finals takes place without them for the first time since 2010.
Their absence comes after a difficult 2014-15 season where they missed out on the playoffs altogether as they attempted to rebuild after the departure of LeBron James.
With LeBron gone much of the responsibility fell to veteran Chris Bosh to take over the leadership of the team. Unfortunately his campaign was cut short after the scary discovery of blood clots in his lungs back in February. A new update on his status today will, then, give Heat fans something to cheer as they watch the series finale from afar.
As reported by the Miami Herald, Bosh has resumed on-court work and has begun training without any restrictions as he looks to make a full recovery from a scare that many feared could lead to the end of his NBA career altogether:
"I look at it as a blessing that I have the time to work on my body, work on the things I need to work on. I never have the time usually in the offseason," Bosh explained this week.
"But this year I have the opportunity to build slowly and correct some things I need to correct and come back next year in the best shape of my life."
Slow and steady
Returning to full time court work for the first time since the All-Star break back in February, Chris Bosh worked with head coach Erik Spoelstra as well as assistant David Fizdale this week. This is excellent news not only for Heat fans, but for fans of the NBA in general with the 10-time All-Star a popular figure around the league.
At this stage it isn't though Bosh is engaging in any contact drills. With the veteran currently taking blood thinners as part of his treatment Miami are likely to be taking things very cautiously at this stage of the offseason.
Chris Bosh, though, clearly cannot wait to ramp things up a little.
After a tough 2014-15 for everyone down in South Florida the team is expected to come back fighting next year.
The emergence of Kevin Whiteside in the absence of Chris Bosh last year will mean that the latter's role may change somewhat moving forward but there is no doubt that having him back on the court will be a huge boost for the Heat.
Whether Bosh will be joined by fellow perennial All-Star, Dwyane Wade, remains to be seen however after recent reports suggested that the Heat lifer was contemplating leaving the franchise if his salary demands were not met.
Heat fans: Can your team bounce back next season, and is Chris Bosh the key to getting back to the top? Have your say in the comments below...