Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh recently told the Open Run Podcast that he expects to be ready to go for Miami’s training camp after suffering two blood clot scares in less than a year, according to Rachel Nichols.
Before the end of the 2015-16 season, Bosh was campaigning to make a comeback for the Miami playoff run via social media, but he was never cleared to play by the team’s medical staff. And while he still isn’t cleared by the team, all signs seem to point toward Bosh making a return to the Heat for this upcoming season.
A couple of weeks ago, Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted that he was “looking forward” to seeing Bosh in training camp. Earlier this week, Udonis Haslem said he thought Bosh would be ready for preseason practices, too.
“As far as timetable when he’s on the floor, I’m not sure about that,” Haslem told the Miami Herald. “I haven’t really gotten into the medical part of it. I’m definitely expecting him to be at camp and to be participating. I’m not sure if it will be full contact or by himself or if he needs me to work extra with him or whatever the situation may be, but I’m expecting him to be there.”
With Dwyane Wade leaving for the Bulls in free agency, Miami is going to need Bosh to lead a Heat team featuring Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow.
The Heat are going to be cautious with Bosh’s return. Blood clots can be life-threatening, and for a career as physically challenging as an NBA ball player, he’s going to have to be closely monitored as he returns to the team and throughout the season, as a third incident could mean the end of his playing days. If he is able to return healthy, it will be great news for both the Heat and the NBA as a whole.