Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat forward, has vowed to return for the 2016-17 season despite growing speculation that the two-time NBA champion could be forced into early retirement.
The 32-year-old couldn’t complete each of the last two seasons due to a persistent battle with blood clots, with the Miami Heat refusing to risk Bosh despite his insistence to get back on the court.
The veteran all-star took to social media on Monday to post a series of workout videos, announcing to the world that he’s ready to resume his basketball career.
“I know I’ve been gone for a moment, but now I’m back. Everybody is always asking me, ‘Am I hooping?’ Yes, I’m hooping. I’m a hooper,'” the 11-time All-Star said while working out in an undisclosed gym.
According to a source close to ESPN, Bosh has informed the Miami Heat that he would be available for the pre-season training camp which begins on September 27. Of course, the Heat’s medical staff is still to clear Bosh, a decision that could be met with challenges.
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If Bosh is cleared to return, he would be a part of a new-look Miami Heat team that is without longtime franchise player Dwayne Wade, who departed to hometown team Chicago Bulls in free agency.
The Heat also lost veteran starters Luol Deng and Joe Johnson, besides placing the franchise tag on budding center Hassan Whiteside, who signed a monumental maximum contract this offseason.
A frontcourt comprising of Whiteside and Bosh could make some noise in the East even though Miami’s backcourt is relatively inexperienced with the likes of Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters trying to fill the void left by Wade
Last season, Bosh played just 44 games before a blood clot in his leg ruled him out. It was later revealed that the 11-time all-star suffered blood clots in his lungs and had to receive blood-thinning medication.
Back in April, Chris Bosh posted similar videos on social media, literally begging the Miami Heat to allow him to participate int he playoffs. However, Heat president Pat Riley wasn’t ready to risk a potentially career-ending situation.