A blood clot cut Chris Bosh’s season short last year, and it may very well do the same again this year.
In fact, it may even end his career.
“Well, I think there’s certainly a legitimate fear there,” CBS Sports NBA insider Ken Berger said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I don’t want to necessarily jump the gun before some additional tests that are scheduled with him are made and some decisions (are) made, but clearly (this is) devastating news. He had this issue with the clots last year. Extremely scary to have a situation like that where it goes to your lungs. It can be fatal. To be on blood-thinning medication and playing a full-contact sport, which, everybody knows the NBA is, is potentially dangerous. So a lot of issues there.”
Complicating matters is the fact that Miami (29-24) believes it can make some noise in the East come playoff time.
“Miami finds itself really in a very good position considering (they lost) LeBron James back to Cleveland a couple of years ago,” Berger said. “They kept the core of Bosh and Wade together and added some pieces around it. They have a chance to be a factor, but not without Bosh.”
Bosh, 31, helped Miami to four consecutive NBA Finals and back-to-back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. He has started all 53 games for Miami this year and is averaging a team-high 19.1 points to go with 4.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
Without Bosh, though, don’t the Heat have to rethink their plan – both this year and in the years to come?
“I think they do,” Berger said. “Again, we got to wait and see what the actual medical determination is and what the plan going forward is going to be, but I think it certainly has to affect their posture at the trade deadline at least a little bit. There are names out there on the market like Al Horford who could certainly help them – and they’ve exhibited some interest there with Atlanta – so I think it does make them more likely to at least be aggressive in trying to do something. Not that it may actually get done, but when you’re a team that has postseason aspirations and you feel like you’re close and then you lose one of your best players, that changes things for you for sure.”