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Should An NBA Team Give Chris Bosh A Chance To Play Despite His Health Concerns?

Submitted by on September 27, 2016 – 12:29 pmNo Comment
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Chris Bosh really wants to get back on the basketball court. Over the course of the last two NBA seasons, he has missed dozens of games due to ongoing health issues related to blood clots. He has undergone treatment for those clots and recovered, only to have them become problematic again. And most recently, he failed a physical given to him by the Miami Heat and was told that he won’t be able to take part in training camp this fall. Heat team president Pat Riley even went as far as to say that Bosh’s time with the Heat is most likely over, even though he still has a lot of time and money left on his current contract.

Despite all of this, Bosh continues to say that he will not retire and give up on the idea of returning to the court. Shortly after the news about his failed physical became public, Bosh put out a video statement through Uninterrupted and said that he fully intends to continue his career. “Little setbacks happen,” he said, “but that doesn’t change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs…It’s a down moment right now, but everything is going to be alright.”

Bosh is trying to stay optimistic, but if the Heat decide to part ways with him as a result of his blood clotting issues, will any other team out there give him a chance to play? And furthermore, should they? Bosh looks like he’s completely healthy on the outside, but blood clots are a very serious condition that could potentially end Bosh’s life if he isn’t careful. And while there’s also a chance that he could be a productive player on the court and be perfectly fine, the risk far outweighs the reward in this situation. No one wants to give Bosh the green light and have to deal with the feelings that will surely come along with it if his blood clots do become a big problem at some point down the road.

It’s hard to blame Bosh for pushing—and pushing hard—to get back on the court. He clearly loves the game of basketball and probably can’t believe what he’s going through right now. But should he really risk his life to play in the NBA again? No. And no NBA team should go out of their way to help him make it happen either.

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