Heat’s Bosh out for season with blood clots
Updated: February 22, 2015, 1:44 AM ET
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Heat’s Plan Without Bosh
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.
The team said the All-Star is receiving care guided by Heat physicians at a South Florida hospital and resting comfortably.
Bosh thanked fans on social media late Saturday night for their “messages, love and support” over the past few days.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra sounded upbeat about Bosh’s road to recovery. The team received the news Saturday morning, Spoelstra said, and welcomed the clarity after a frightening couple of days.
“His health will be restored,” Spoelstra said before Miami’s 105-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. “That’s the most important thing. That’s bigger than basketball.”
Spoelstra and Heat guard Dwyane Wade visited Bosh on Saturday.
“It’s been very emotional for all of us,” Spoelstra said. “I was in constant contact with CB. But he didn’t know either until they were able to go through all the tests and see all the specialists. … I can’t imagine how tough it was for Chris and (his wife) Adrienne. …
“We’re not even thinking about (his return) right now. The most important thing is he’ll be healthy again. We’ll get a game plan as we continue to get more information.”
The medication required to treat such a condition typically requires at least six months of limited physical activity.
In cases like these, it’s common for the clots to have worked their way from the legs to the lungs, a dangerous occurrence. Blood clots are always a serious condition, but this is a particularly scary moment for Bosh and the NBA after former Portland Trail Blazers star Jerome Kersey died suddenly Wednesday of a blood clot in his lung. Kersey was 52.
Last month, Brooklyn forward Mirza Teletovic was ruled out for the season once clots were found on his lungs. Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao went through a similar situation and missed most of the 2012-13 season.
And one of Bosh’s current teammates, Udonis Haslem, said publicly for the first time Saturday night that he experienced blood clots on his lungs following surgery for a foot injury during the 2010-11 season.
“First of all, the pain, it’s excruciating,” Haslem said. “Every time you try to inhale to take a breath, it’s like somebody’s stabbing you in your lungs.”
Bosh was admitted to the hospital on Thursday after complaining about discomfort in his chest for several days.
He spent the early part of this week on vacation with family and friends, including Wade, in Haiti. Wade said Bosh wasn’t “feeling his best” on the vacation. When Bosh hadn’t improved by Wednesday, he was sent to a team doctor, and from there went to the hospital for tests.
“There just came a point in the vacation where he didn’t feel right,” Wade said. “He kind of relaxed and rested, and then when he got back, he did what he should have done … [he] got to the doctor and tried to see what’s up.”
Losing Bosh is nothing short of a shock to the Heat, who entered Saturday with a 23-30 record and holding onto the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
He was averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds this season, his first in a five-year deal signed this past summer that will pay him $ 118 million.
Bosh is the second NBA player whose final game this season was the All-Star Game. New York’s Carmelo Anthony was shut down for knee surgery earlier in the week, a move that was long expected.
“It probably hasn’t hit him yet that he’s going to miss the entire season,” Wade said. “But right now that’s the furthest thing from his mind and all of our minds.”
Added Haslem: “Obviously the most important thing is that they caught it and they’re going to be able to take care of [Bosh], because it can be fatal. Basketball is secondary, and his health is the most important thing at this moment.”
Brian Windhorst and Israel Gutierrez of ESPN.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.