Chris Bosh, the former 11-time All-Star, is set to be cleared by the Miami Heat to join training camp later this month and return for the 2016-17 season, per several reports.
According to the Miami Herald, there is “growing optimism” that Bosh would be allowed to return on blood thinners.
“Whether Bosh would be able to play in every game, such as the second set of back-to-backs, remains to be seen. But barring a setback in the next few weeks, it would be surprising if Bosh isn’t cleared to play,” wrote Barry Jackson.
Bosh, who played 44 games last season before enduring a blood clot in his leg, still has three years left on the five year, $118 million contract he signed with the Heat prior to the 2014-15 season.
Chris Bosh desperate to return…
Last month, Bosh posted several videos on Instagram and Twitter with videos of his workout sessions from the offseason. There was a growing sense within the league that the Heat front office wasn’t willing to jeopardize Bosh’s health and preferred if the two-time NBA champion would call it a day.
However, Bosh has reiterated that he is far from retirement and wishes to play through the remaining three years of his contract. “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,’” Bosh said in his one of his social media videos.
If Bosh were to return to the court on blood thinners, he’d join Tomas Fleischmann, the former Florida Panthers winger, who continues to take anticoagulant injections to sustain a hockey career.
Bosh’s return could change the analysts’ projection for the Miami Heat. Many believe that the departure of Dwayne Wade would mean that the five-time Eastern Conference champions would struggle to make the postseason.
A frontcourt pairing of Hassan Whiteside and Bosh could prove to be a match-up nightmare for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ frontcourt of Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. Also, the Heat would be excited to unleash Justise Winslow, who came off the bench for most of his rookie season.
There is enough reason to be excited for Heat fans.
Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat would begin training camp on September 27. Their first preseason game would be against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 4.
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