It sounds as though this report was true. It also sounds as though things are pretty ugly as far as this relationship goes. Bosh’s Heat career is over, but it sounds like there are some seriously bad feelings being harbored, and Riley isn’t afraid to point fingers here.
“We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over.”
Riley added that whether Bosh’s career was over completely was “up to him.”
“It’s pretty definitive from us, in our standpoint, that this is probably going to be a time where we really have to step back,” Riley said. “His health, playing and economics — it’s been health, health, health. Whatever the cap ramifications are, they are there, but we never ever thought about that.”
Riley bristled at the notion that the Heat haven’t been fair and understanding throughout Bosh’s health scares.
“If there was a level of mistrust, I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Riley said. “Contrary to how this thing has been perpetuated in the media, we have worked very, very hard with Chris.”
The last straw for the Heat was Bosh failing his preseason physical. He’s reportedly had it with Riley, and with his Heat career effectively finished, it remains to be seen what his next move will be — and whether any doctors associated with any team would clear him to play.
The relationship between Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat has reportedly turned icy in recent months, and Bosh failing his pre-camp physical is not going to help smooth things over.
Shortly after the Heat announced Bosh has not been cleared for training camp, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Bosh has not spoken with Heat president Pat Riley in months. Woj also says the team believes Bosh is done in Miami.
Sources: Miami Heat increasingly believe Chris Bosh's career with franchise is over. For months, Bosh hasn't wanted to speak with Pat Riley.
Given his recent history with blood clots, it would not be a surprise if Bosh did not play in the NBA again in general, let alone with the Heat.
If you heard the comments Bosh made about the Heat in a recent documentary, you know he is not on good terms with the team. Their reluctance to clear him to resume basketball activities — whether justified or not — is probably just adding to Bosh’s level of frustration.
“The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible,” the team wrote. “Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.
“We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player’s consent.”
Bosh has battled issues with blood clots over the past two years, and he is currently taking blood-thinning medication. An earlier report indicated that his failed physical had to do with his existing condition. You can read more details here.
While there have been rumblings that Bosh’s camp came to an agreement with the Heat that the forward could take a specific type of blood thinner that would be out of his system by game time, that plan was reportedly contingent on Bosh not running into any further complications.
At this point, it cannot be taken for granted that Bosh will play in the NBA again. His health is clearly a major concern.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the issue was evidence of continued blood clotting relating to his previous two episodes. While Bosh’s condition isn’t life-threatening if treated, it is considered “unrealistic” for him to play through it, and he cannot play with blood thinners in his system during games due to a fear of complications and bleeding if he were to be cut.
Jackson said the Heat had hoped and expected to clear Bosh as long as no new issues were discovered during his exam, and the team was open to letting him play while on a different medical regiment that would ensure that blood thinners were out of his system by game time. After the physical results showed more clotting, however, the team simply had no other option but to sideline him.
Bosh had been so bullish about his chances of a return to the court, but obviously this throws a serious wrench in those plans. It likely won’t do anything to alleviate his frustration with the team, either. It remains to be seen what Bosh’s next step will be given that he feels healthy and wants to play. Miami’s doctors simply don’t agree, and they have consistently held firm in that regard.
Chris Bosh felt like he was “written off” after his second blood clot diagnosis, in which Miami Heat team doctors told him that his career was probably over.
In an installment of his new “Rebuilt” series on Uninterrupted, Bosh described his reaction to the doctors’ verdict after his second scare.
“Seeing the team doctors, they told me that my season is over, my career is probably over and this just happens, this is just how it is,” Bosh said, as transcribed by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “I felt right away that I was written off. It was [clap, clap] put it to the side matter-of-factly. If a doctor tells me, ‘Hey that’s it and this is how that is,’ and I don’t buy that. I have the right to disagree with you.
“I know inside me I have a lot talent and a lot of ability. I have it. I know I have it. It wasn’t a matter of if I play again, it was when. So we took the bull by the horns.”
Much to his frustration, Bosh still hasn’t been formally cleared to play. He is working on a solution with the Heat, but you can see where the disagreement stems from. Bosh is certain that he can play. The team, however, still appear to have their reservations.
Chris Bosh has still not been cleared to play by the Miami Heat, but it sounds like the two sides are finally inching closer to a solution.
Bosh, whose season ended prematurely due to another blood clot scare, has been taking blood thinning medication. The Heat do not want him taking the court while he’s still on the medication, as that would increase the risk of serious — and potentially fatal — injuries. Bosh wants to play, and a situation has been discussed where he could take blood thinners that would be out of his system by the time each game tips off.
Discussions remain focused on the Heat’s comfort level with Bosh taking new thinners that would be out of his system within eight hours or so, and ways for him to play while taking those type of thinners, according to an NBA-employed source.
The Heat is working on potential solutions and has said it would like to try to get him back on the court. Bosh very much wants to play and intends to (according to his wife). He still needs to be cleared by the Heat, and there will be some level of uncertainty until that happens. But the Heat is working on a solution, which has led to some optimism.
Bosh has made it clear through videos he posted on social media (watch them here) that he feels ready to return. For a while, it seemed like the Heat were never going to clear Bosh and were trying to force him into retirement. That talk has cooled for the time being.
The Heat, however, still have not cleared Bosh to play after another blood clot scare ended his season prematurely.
Miami likely will not be able to get Bosh off the cap, even if he doesn’t play until February 9. The expectation is, if things got that far, the player and the players’ union would almost certainly enlist a doctor to fight it.
The Heat have implied that Bosh will be back soon enough. It feels as if we could be in for something ugly if this goes on much longer.
With the NBA season getting closer by the day, an ever present topic around the Miami area is the status of Chris Bosh. On Monday, the 11-time All-Star wanted everyone to know he has been participating in basketball activities.
Bosh missed the end of last season as a result of a blood clot being discovered in his left leg. It marked the second consecutive season to end early due to blood clots, with the previous one being cut short due to one on his lung. After undergoing treatment, Bosh is hopeful he can return to the team for the upcoming season.
During his absence, Bosh had been receiving questions about whether or not he has been playing basketball and he answered them with two posts on Twitter. In the first, he emphatically confirms he has been hooping. In the second, Bosh showed he’s still more than capable of knocking down a long jumper.
With the Heat losing Dwyane Wade to the Bulls via free agency, they could certainly use Bosh back on the floor and performing like we have become accustomed to seeing. However, a potential comeback would need the green light from doctors, which has not yet happened.
In an email to fans earlier this month, Heat owner Micky Arison hinted at a return by Bosh. If that ends up being true, we’ll see the veteran big man hooping again for real in the not-so-distant future.
Miami Heat owner Micky Aronson hinted at a return by Chris Bosh in an email sent to the team’s season ticket holders Thursday night.
Aronson’s email to the fans came the same night the NBA schedule for the 2016-17 season was released. He sent a lengthy email according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and mentioned Bosh as a player the team would be counting on next season.
“What won’t change is the culture of this organization. The Miami HEAT is a Championship organization. I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the HEAT Family to continue our mantra of being the ‘hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA.'”
Bosh has missed 67 regular season games over the past two seasons due to his bout with blood clots. He wanted to rejoin the team last season, but the Heat wouldn’t allow it.
Bosh is under contract with the Heat for another three seasons, and he is due to make $23.7 million, $25.2 million and $26.8 million in each of those years. One serious concern is whether or not Bosh can be taken off blood thinners, which helps prevents the clots, but puts him at risk on the court.