Chris Bosh remains active with the Miami Heat despite a new medical scare that has sidelined him for the past two weeks.
Teammates Dwyane Wade and others spoke Tuesday night about Bosh’s impact on the team despite his absence from the hardwood, though what exactly is wrong and how severe is something that remains a mystery.
“He gets on the court, shoots [a few] jump shots and gets a little sweat in,” Wade said, according to ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace. “He’s still a big part of this team. As I’ve said before, he’s around, and he’s in good spirits.”
It’s a good note from Wade, though Wallace’s report goes much deeper than face-value quotes. He spoke with sources who say the situation with Bosh is much worse than the team would have one believe based on the injury report:
Multiple league sources have confirmed Bosh’s condition is more serious than the strain, but team officials have declined to provide specific details. This is the second time in as many seasons that Bosh’s season has been interrupted by a health scare. Last season, Bosh missed Miami’s final 30 games to treat a blood clot that had traveled to his lungs.
The issue last year was discovered by doctors around the All-Star break, the belief being that a strain in his leg led to a blood clot that then went to his lungs. This seems like deja vu for good reason, though it sounds like Wade and others believe the issue isn’t as bad as it was last year:
Wade and several other Heat players have said in recent days that Bosh’s current condition is much better than last season’s and that they are optimistic he’ll return at some point this season. Players said Bosh has been on the practice court and at team meetings and has been helping younger players with film study.
From an on-court standpoint, the Heat need Bosh back out there, ideally the sooner the better. He’s averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this year and the Heat can only lean on Josh McRoberts and others underneath the basket for so long.
For now, Miami sits at 32-24 and third place in the Eastern Conference, winners in seven of their last 10 games. But the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers are right behind them in the standings and the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t letting the Heat close the gap.
Of course, this is bigger than a game. Bosh’s latest issue has garnered support far and wide, including a kind comment from former teammate LeBron James, as captured by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com:
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 17, 2016
Bosh has the support of the Association behind him and he isn’t letting much change. The statements from his teammates about his positive impact even when unable to suit up says it all, and his continued presence, on or off the court, will help motivate the Heat as they look to make a playoff push.