The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh received some bad news yesterday when the team announced that the veteran forward failed a physical and will remain sidelined indefinitely. The physical showed “evidence of some continued clotting,” which is likely tied in with the blood clots that sidelined Bosh for parts of the last two seasons.
However, Bosh remains optimistic that his career is not in jeopardy. Speaking in a videotaped segment (via Brian Windhorst of ESPN), Bosh said he was looking to continue his career under the assumption that he would be cleared to return to basketball.
"I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 of 'Uninterrupted: Bosh Rebuilt' today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," Bosh said in the video. "Unfortunately that is not the case. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along on the journey with me."
Bosh, 32, is under contract with Miami for two more seasons after the 2016-17 campaign. This season, he’s set to make $23,741,060, followed by $25,289,390 in 2017-18 and $26,837,720 in 2018-19. A report from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Friday stated the Heat “increasingly believe” Bosh’s career with the team is over. Wojnarowski added that Bosh has refused to speak with team president Pat Riley for months.
Despite the reports, Bosh was adamant that his immediate goal is to pursue an NBA return and hopes that fans will follow his attempt.
"Little setbacks happen. But that doesn't change my intentions and what I want to accomplish," Bosh said. "So I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs. So it's a down moment right now, but everything's going to be all right."
As Hoops Rumors noted, February 9, 2017, is the date to watch for a major update on Bosh’s future. If Bosh does not play by that date, and a doctor jointly approved by the NBA and the Players’ Association deems him medically unable to play, the team could remove his current and future salary cap obligations off their books.