Chris Bosh is the most complicated player in the NBA. On the court, his game is a wonderful hybrid of a power forward and center, seemingly able to fill whatever hole is most needed on the inside or outside — but we’re not even referring to that. In order for him to even get on the court next season, Bosh has to navigate a possibly life-threatening blood clot issue, one that his team’s doctors told him had probably ended his career.
That’s from the first episode of Bosh’s UNINTERRUPTED documentary, which premiered online on Wednesday.
“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. “I felt right away that I was written off. It was [claps] 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.
Bosh hints at how deeply such a final diagnosis hurt his feelings, but like many pro athletes, that just made him more convinced that he could overcome this obstacle — that in fact, he had to. You can wonder about whether that drive is borne from ego or pride, or something deeper and more profound, and you can wonder if it’s the smart thing for Bosh to do. Yet Bosh makes the case that it should be his decision, smart or no.
To that end, Bosh has publicly declared his readiness to play, putting the onus on the Heat to either back down from their stance or become Bosh’s public enemy.