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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Will Heat ever let Chris Bosh play if he’s on blood thinners?

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh wanted to take the floor when the Miami Heat were trying to stay alive in the NBA playoffs, but the team would not hear of it. And if doctors decide Bosh still needs to be on blood thinners next season, Bosh’s career in Miami — and perhaps the NBA — could be over.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Heat were adamant about Bosh not suiting up while he was taking blood thinners, as any minor cut or fall that caused internal bleeding during a game could be very dangerous. Bosh’s camp argued that the 32-year-old should be able to take the medication earlier enough in the day where it would be out of his system by game time and therefore not pose a risk.

Blood tests reportedly indicated that the thinners were out of Bosh’s system roughly 8-12 hours after he took the medication. Team doctors didn’t seem to care, and can you blame them? Robert Myerburg, a cardiologist at U-Health, told Jackson that it could be dangerous to allow Bosh to play even if the drug was out of his system, as he would be “unprotected” at that time.

Bosh is a competitor, so you can understand why he wanted to play so badly. You also can’t argue with the Heat not wanting to take the risks after their team doctors refused to clear Bosh. Since the condition is one that is recurring, you have to wonder if the Heat will ever be comfortable letting Bosh play for them again, regardless of the recent report we shared with you.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk



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