Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh pulled out of the NBA All-Star game and 3-point contest with a calf strain, but reports indicate more serious health issues may be in play.
Last year, Bosh, 31, was diagnosed with blood clots around the All-Star break, which led to the use of blood thinners for several months. The life-threatening condition forced him out for the remainder of the season. Reports emerged Monday night about Bosh's current situation.
Multiple sources around the NBA tell me Chris Bosh's situation is much worse than people are being made aware of.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 16, 2016
It is a blood-clot scare for Chris Bosh, source tells AP. Source also insists that Bosh's season has not been declared over.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 16, 2016
The Heat was concerned on Monday about another potentially serious health situation involving Chris Bosh, multiple sources said.
Bosh missed Sunday’s All-Star game with a strained calf and returned to Miami for additional tests. A person in touch with the Heat’s front office said a worrisome problem surfaced Monday, beyond merely a strained calf. Another source said his life was not at risk.
Asked directly if Bosh had been diagnosed with a blood clot in his calf, agent Henry Thomas responded by text: “Too soon for all of that…. Too soon to report that.”
It should go without saying the primary concern is the health of Bosh, who is one of the most engaging players in the league.
Miami, currently fifth in the East at 29-24, resumes play Friday at Atlanta before hosting Washington Saturday. Should the versatile big man miss significant time, the Heat's outlook shifts from sneaky Eastern Conference contender to possibly sliding out of the playoffs.