The Miami Heat brought an end to the speculation regarding Chris Bosh, announcing Wednesday afternoon that the 11-time All-Star will not be suiting up for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign.
MIAMI HEAT STATEMENT ON CHRIS BOSH pic.twitter.com/ZX3gj6f3xg
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 4, 2016
Bosh, 32, has been sidelined since the NBA All-Star break after a blood clot was discovered in his left leg.
Clotting caused Bosh to miss the second half of the 2014-15 season as well.
Per the AP:
Bosh is expected to remain with the team throughout the remainder of the playoffs — helping his teammates however he can. And while the statement finally provides resolution on his short-term status, it remains unknown if he has dealt with any other clots or if he remains on blood thinners.
“It’s not a distraction at all,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said in Toronto on Wednesday, before the statement came out. “It’s not our focus. This has been going on since February. All we know is that he’s taking care of himself, health-wise, and that’s all we care about. Anything else is out of our control and there’s no reason for us to worry about it.”
Bosh was averaging a team-best 19.1 points at the break, when the clot was found after he arrived in Toronto — his first NBA city — for the All-Star weekend. He went through the All-Star media day rigors on Friday of that weekend knowing he couldn’t play in the game, and initially the reason cited was a calf strain. […] Days later, it became known that it was much worse. And when the team began its post-All-Star schedule in Atlanta, coach Erik Spoelstra said players addressed what they would miss about Bosh not being available to play.