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#pounditTuesday, October 3, 2023

Doug Gottlieb: Chris Bosh’s blood clots could be good for Heat

Chris Bosh

At a time when most people are concerned with the health and well-being of Chris Bosh, one radio host is talking about how the forward’s blood clots may actually be beneficial for the team.

In a clip being circulated on CBS Sports’ website, host Doug Gottlieb talks about how Bosh’s blood clots could lead to the player’s retirement and ultimately a rebuilding process for the Miami Heat.

“You’ve got to at least consider the possibility that Chris Bosh has played his last game,” Gottlieb said. “And it’s weird because it’s devastating news for Bosh that he’s fought back as an 11-time All-Star — 11-time All-Star, really? — to get back into form and to have a really good season. But barring the idea that he could die from this obviously, kinda a good thing to happen for the Miami Heat? Am I crazy to think that? Remember he signed that ridiculous contract. Six-year deal, huge money, max contract.”

Bosh actually signed a five-year, $118 million deal in 2014. He’s in the second year of the contract.

“I might be crazy to think this but … short-term, awful news for Chris Bosh. Awful news for the Miami Heat,” Gottlieb continued. “Long-term, this actually might start the house cleaning that we all thought they had to eventually go through.”

There are quite a few questionable parts of Gottlieb’s argument. First, many would dispute the simple assertion that the Heat would be better off without Bosh because of his contract. He continues to play at an All-Star level and would probably be able to give them another few All-Star caliber seasons. Secondly, even if you feel that way, you have to consider the tact and timing of the statement. When people are concerned about the player’s health, and you yourself acknowledge it’s so serious it could cause him to retire, that’s not the best time to start celebrating the news. Maybe Gottlieb doesn’t realize that, or maybe he does but just doesn’t care because he feels that saying controversial things is part of his job as a radio host.

The good news is if Dwyane Wade is to be believed, Bosh’s scare isn’t as bad as last year’s.

H/T Ryan Yousefi


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