Expectedly, and thankfully, Chris Bosh has released a statement regarding his failed physical.
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The Miami Heat star’s career with the franchise may be in jeopardy due to the complications from blood clots that appear to be ongoing, and the Heat’s declaration that he is unfit to play for the team following that failed physical. Rather than reeling from the impediment, Bosh continued to engage with his fans via video messages sent out through his Twitter feed.
He released one late Friday:
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) September 24, 2016
From the clip:
“So, just because the journey has ups and downs doesn’t mean that I will stop sharing with you guys. So I will just continue to share, despite what’s going on.
“Little setbacks happen, but that doesn’t change my intentions and what I want accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to really just take in my journey and just come along with me, with the ups and the downs. So it’s a down moment right now, but everything’s going to be all right.”
The “all right” designation is what the Heat has been after all along.
Though Bosh is 32 and owed nearly $76 million through the end of his contract (which expires after the 2018-19 season), the team has given every indication that it wants to retain his talents as a player moving forward. Despite the fact that Bosh’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons were cut short due to the blood clot diagnosis.
The team has little choice in the matter. Even if Miami is able to waive Bosh due to his medical setbacks, knocking his salary off of their books after a spell, another team could sign the star (given their medical staff’s clearance; always a possibility in a 30-team league) and put that salary right back on Miami’s salary cap ledger.
However, none of this can take place until the second week of Feb., a year after Bosh’s last game with the Heat. The team and the players union would have to find an independent doctor, and should that outside voice lend credibility to the Heat’s findings the franchise could waive the 11-time All-Star. If Bosh is able to find a somewhat-rogue NBA squad that would clear him to sign and play, he would then have to work 25 games with that team before the salary cap brunt falls back on the Heat.
Needless to say, that’s quite the undertaking. Something that could drag on into 2018.
A timeframe that once again underlines and highlights just how significant, and daunting, a “setback” this failed physical is.
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