LeBron James on Chris Bosh: "I hate to see what he's going through"

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will finally return to the floor tonight after an eight-day break from playoff action due to their sweep of the Atlanta Hawks.

The King and his teammates have been patiently waiting for their opponents in the Eastern Conference Finals and finally discovered this on Sunday when the Toronto Raptors overcame the Miami Heat in seven games. 

James has truly been in playoff mode since the postseason began and has been instrumental in the Cavs being undefeated thus far.  

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Despite being in playoff mode, however, LeBron has still been able to take some time to spare a thought for a dear friend who is going through a serious health issue; former teammate Chris Bosh.

The Heat big man was once again diagnosed with blood clots just before the All-Star break in February and has been unable to return to the court since.  

The chances of him ever playing basketball again remain unclear and it's a delicate situation that both Bosh and the Heat organisation must resolve with the correct medical advice.  

Bosh and James spent four seasons together in South Beach after forming a big three with Dwyane Wade in the summer of 2010. The trio reached the NBA finals in all four years and won two championships together in a successful period. 

After Cleveland's practice on Monday, Ken Berger of CBS Sports asked LeBron for his perspective on what the Miami star is going through.

"As a brother and as a friend of his, I hate to see that he's going through what he's going through," James said, per CBS Sports. "I've talked to him numerous times. I said there's no way that I can even understand what he's going through, because I can't. It's just a tough situation for him going through that once again, for another year."

Bosh was sidelined with the same blood clot issue last year too and it has the potential to be a life-threatening condition. The 31-year-old power forward's health is the number one concern of the franchise and the two parties released a joint statement stating that he wasn't going to play any part in their playoff run. 

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, several members of the Miami Heat organisation believe that the 11-time All-Star may be on the verge of retiring. 

The Florida-based outfit is preparing itself for all probabilities at this stage and per CBS Sports if the former Raptors man were to retire, they would have to wait until the one-year anniversary of Bosh's last game - which would be Feb. 9, 2017 - to apply for a medical exception that would wipe Bosh's $23.7 million salary from the books and allow the team to seek a suitable replacement via free agency or trades.

If Bosh feels he is healthy enough to return, though, the National Basketball Players Association is willing to intervene and support the player. 

"Not having day-to-day knowledge of the whole situation, I can't comment on what the [players'] association should do," said James, a first vice president on the NBPA's executive committee.

"His health and his family are the most important things. Basketball is a huge part of our lives. Obviously, he wants to be on the floor. But as a friend, I want him to be as healthy as possible and hopefully we can see him back out there next season."

With several important factors to be considered on both sides, the Heat and Bosh will have a number of difficult decisions to make moving forward that could impact them both significantly.

Miami Heat
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