The Miami Heat have played without All-Star forward Chris Bosh for a large chunk of the regular season plus the whole playoffs and they will have to do so for the rest of the season.
In an official statement by the team, Miami has officially ruled out Bosh for the remainder of the playoffs:
The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA playoffs. The HEAT, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible.
Bosh has been out since the All-Star break, dealing with the same condition or something similar to what kept him out after the All-Star break last season, when blood clots and the resulting treatment prevented him from being able to play. The Heat have reinvented themselves in the All-Star’s absence this year and have a 1-0 lead in the conference semi-finals.
On March 10, Bosh issued a statement (not through the Heat) that his situation wasn’t life threatening and that he remained “positive that I will be able to return this season.” Prior to Wednesday, both Bosh and his wife, via social media, had indicated that he wants to play.
With the Heat not willing to put Bosh’s health at risk, it appeared that the player and the team weren’t on the same page, and the National Basketball Players Association’s reportedly got involved in the situation this week.
But Wednesday’s statement is an indication that the situation has been resolved and that Bosh has come to terms with the idea that his season is over.