Pat Riley Has 0 Confidence In Chris Bosh Future With Miami Heat
What would you do if you couldn’t do what you love?
“We are not,” Riley said in his office at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return…We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over.”
The 11-time All-Star power forward received news from doctors ruling him ineligible to play due to results from a recent physical. Physicians found evidence of more clotting in Bosh’s blood stream which raised significant concern. The original blood clot, gel-like clumps of blood that can be dangerous and life-threatening, began in his leg in 2014 and traveled into his lung. The primary risk of playing sports while on blood thinners, in this case for Bosh, would be the potential for excessive bleeding if he were to get cut or have a wound during a game. As a result, Bosh has been sidelined for the second half of each of the past two seasons.
Bosh remains hopeful about his comeback with the Heat, posting on Twitter,
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) September 24, 2016
On September 23rd, the Heat released a statement in the form of a press release stating,
The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible. Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.
Bosh is due $75.8 million over the next three seasons of his five-year contract. But, the Heat can clear his salary cap if a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association agree his condition is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing, This will result in payment for the remaining two seasons, which amounts to $25.3 million in 2017-18 and $26.8 million in 2018-19.
Recently Bosh directed his UNINTERRUPTED: “Rebuilt” series to document his #BoshRebuilt journey. In the series he explains what he’d do if he couldn’t play again,