The Miami Heat turned their season around without Chris Bosh. Just imagine, then, what Erik Spoelstra’s team could do if its best player is able to make a shocking return to the court over the final few months of 2015-16.
Bosh, who has been sidelined since the All-Star break due to complications from a blood clot, provided the basketball world with an update on his status via twitter Saturday afternoon.
That the 31-year-old is “feeling great” amid his ongoing recovery from blood thinners used to treat his scary affliction is cause for major celebration. This is the second time, remember, that he’s dealt with blood clots in his lung; the condition ended his 2014-15 campaign in late February.
That Bosh is already working out, though, is cause for a different kind of encouragement.
A recent report from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that team officials met with the 11-time All-Star late last month to discuss plans for the season’s remainder. Though no word from that summit surfaced in the interim, prevailing notions were that the Heat suggested Bosh sit out the rest of the year to properly recover.
Given the team’s strong play of late coupled with Bosh’s apparent improvement, though, one wonders if Miami is growing more comfortable with the idea of him reappearing this season – assuming he clears the proper medical hurdles, of course.
The 37-26 Heat have won eight of their past 10 games and are primed to gain home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. While it’s irresponsible to expect Bosh to resume his All-Star level play upon a possible return, it’s certainly safe to assume his presence would make his team markedly better. Miami’s surge, after all, directly coincides with the benching of Hassan Whiteside and an accompanying change in style. A healthy Bosh is a far superior two-way option to the admittedly effective Amar’e Stoudemire as the Heat’s starting center, right?
We’ll keep you updated on Bosh’s status as information becomes available. But with his long-term prospects looking increasingly rosy, it might be time to consider short-term ones of what he could bring to Miami this season – and how it could affect the Eastern Conference landscape.