Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has been sidelined since the All-Star break with a second suspected blood clot almost exactly a year since his first.
The 31-year-old would miss the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign the first time the issue surfaced. This time, after several medical evaluations and nearly a month on the shelf, Bosh has tweeted some good news for the Heat faithful.
The 11-time All-Star said in response to a fan's get well wish that he was "Feeling good! Feeling great!"
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It's encouraging news for the three-time NBA Champions as they look to lock down home court advantage in the playoffs this summer. The Heat currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and are on a five-game winning streak without their star power forward.
Bosh's status has been somewhat of a mystery in recent weeks with reports suggesting that the Heat might be trying to shut the Texas-born star down for the rest of the season.
Neither Bosh nor the Heat has actually confirmed such reports or moved to deny them, which has only served to intensify the speculation.
Following the former Raptors man's short but sweet tweet, he also posted that he had been working out, as well as the music that comprised his session's playlist.
It's good news all round that Bosh is far from debilitated. The fact that he's mobile and active is a far cry from the blood clot he suffered in his lung last year.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Sunday that Bosh will be doing personal workouts with the Heat's staff, away from the rest of the roster.
Spoelstra said: "He's staying engaged and he's in great spirits. And that never surprised me with CB."
Originally, Bosh was said to have missed this year's All-Star game with a calf strain, but, Tim Reynolds, of the Associated Press, then reported that it was a blood clot in the two-time NBA Champion's calf that was keeping him out of action.
Bosh is said to have returned to the blood thinning medication that treated his lung last year. However, Reynolds indicated that his source wished to remain anonymous because neither the Heat or Bosh, would confirm the story.
Whatever the case, the Florida-franchise don't find themselves in a desperate situation where they need to rush Bosh, nor does an established star need to compromise his health to prove anything.
The Heat number one was averaging 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists prior to his injury; numbers that are right up there with his best averages in the past five years.