When doctors discovered blood clots in the lungs of Chris Bosh back in February there was an initial fear that the Miami Heat star would never play basketball again.
Fortunately, after being shut down for the season and following meticulous medical guidelines, Bosh is back practising with the Heat roster ahead of the new campaign.
Not quite there
Speaking this week though, the perennial All-Star had a warning for Miami Heat fans expecting an immediate return to All-Star calibre performances.
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"(I) won't be in tip-top playing condition in November," Bosh admitted to the Sun-Sentinal.
With Bosh likely to be thrust back into the starting role he vacated following All-Star weekend it will be disappointing for Miami fans to hear that he won't be firing on all cylinders from the off in 2015.
Still, after the tumultuous few months he has gone through, just having Chris Bosh out on the court will be an immediate upgrade for a Heat roster that could do with more luck on the injury front moving forward.
Bosh may still be working his way to peak respiratory fitness, but he is in no doubt that his game is still strong despite the extended lay-off.
"“It’s a little bit tougher getting back on that horse if you haven’t played in a while,” he told the Palm Beach Post.
“It’s good to get it out now as opposed to later. I feel good. My shot feels good. The conditioning is coming along. As far as my feel on the court is concerned, it’s good."
The Miami Heat team has undergone some significant changes since the last time Chris Bosh took to the floor, the emergence of Hassan Whiteside and the arrival of Goran Dragic reigniting the franchise somewhat.
And Bosh is predicting big things for the team in the upcoming season as he anticipates playing with a stronger core:
"I love a guard that attacks. That's always good for me," he said of playing alongside Dragic.
Such is Chris Bosh's stature in South Florida that, although an NBA title is the main aim ahead of the new season, just seeing the popular star out on the court in some capacity this Fall will be exciting enough.