The Miami Heat endured a tough year on the injury front last season, their playoff hopes ultimately scuppered after losing a host of key players for lengthy spells.
One of those that went down was perennial All-Star Chris Bosh, although the forward's issue had ramifications far beyond the hardwood.
Diagnosed with a blood clot in his left lung in the aftermath of the 2015 All-Star game, Bosh spent a week in hospital, and there were legitimate fears he may never play basketball again. Fortunately, the veteran's treatment has progressed well since then and, today, he appears to have overcome the final hurdle on his road to recovery.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Article continues below
As reported by NBC Sports, Bosh has confirmed that he no longer has to take the blood-thinning medication that had been prescribed to him as part of his post-surgery rehabilitation program.
The announcement means that the 31-year-old will be ready from day one when the Heat's training camp gets underway next week. This had been uncertain considering the fact blood-thinners are banned in the NBA due to the risk of injuries that lead to bleeding.
Having Bosh back in the fold from the outset will be a huge boost for the South Florida franchise as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
With the two-time NBA champion having missed 30 games last year, Eric Spoelstra's side stuttered to a 37–45 record - a big drop off for the team that had been crowned Eastern Conference champions for the past four seasons.
Averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds since arriving in Miami in 2010, the team will hope Bosh can be the difference-maker moving forward.
Heat fans: Can your team bounce back and make the playoffs this season? Have your say in the comments below...