Heat reportedly expect Chris Bosh to play next season
Are the Miami Heat expecting to have Chris Bosh back on the court next season? That depends who you ask.
A recent report indicated that the Heat fear team doctors may never clear Bosh again as a result of the blood clot issues he has had for the past two years. There was talk that Bosh, 32, could even be forced into a medical retirement.
However, ESPN’s Dan Le Batard said on his show this week that a Heat source informed him that the team is optimistic about Bosh’s chances for suiting up again.
“I just got a text saying that Bosh should be able to play next season,” Le Batard said, as transcribed by Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk. “So, the Heat expect Bosh to be able to play next season. What I’m telling you is that Bosh is committed to getting back, and the Heat are hopeful that that can be so.”
Prior to receiving the text message, Le Batard predicted that things are going to get “messy” between Bosh and the Heat, with Miami’s team doctors not clearing Bosh and Bosh seeking an outside opinion. Bosh may have already done that, and there were rumblings that he was trying to get the players’ union to force the team into letting him play.
The Heat are a better team when Bosh is on the floor, so it’s unclear what their motive would be in trying to force him into retirement. Perhaps they want to free up money to sign a superstar player like this, but you’d hope Bosh’s health is everyone’s top priority in this instance.