Miami Heat Playoffs: Chris Bosh Can't Return This Season
Chris Bosh Can't Return To Playoffs Until It's Safe
There’s a bizarre rift going on between the Miami Heat and Chris Bosh. Reports indicate that despite Bosh dealing with blood clots for a second time, the star power forward wants back on the court during the playoffs, and the Heat are very adamant in their decision to prevent such action.
Bosh has not played since February 9 and the news of a second scare was reported during the NBA All Star break. A report later came out that Bosh was in good health, his situation was not life threatening and that he hoped to return to the team at some point this season. While not playing, Bosh has been doing light workouts, continues to travel with the team and is on the sidelines during games.
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The question now is, should the Heat give in to Bosh and allow him to play?
No. No. No.
Listen, I’m no doctor and know little to nothing about blood clots other than the fact people can die from them, and workouts have to be limited while going through treatment. With limited information being released, we have no idea of Bosh’s full situation other than the fact the Heat obviously feel it isn’t safe to play their regular season leading scorer. The Miami Heat clearly has doctors telling them the situation isn’t safe and that’s good enough for me.
Just because Bosh wants to play and doesn’t feel he’s in any great danger doesn’t mean the Heat should jump on board and allow it. This isn’t a sprained ankle, a broken finger or a back injury where a player can simply have surgery if he makes the injury worse. These are blood clots, a condition that kills an average of 274 people each day, according to StopTheClot.org.
A championship ring isn’t worth the risk. Basketball legacy isn’t worth the risk. Getting a chance to possibly stick it to LeBron in the Eastern Conference Finals isn’t worth the risk.
Bosh has five children at home, which includes two newborn twins. The Heat should be applauded for thinking about the player’s health first rather than what’s best for the team.
There’s also a situation of what would happen to the Heat if Bosh was allowed to play and something scary took place. Constant questions, possible lawsuits and a damaged reputation forever. Organizations get grilled all the time for play calls, there’s no telling what would happen if there was another Hank Gathers situation, and the Heat could have prevented it. Oh, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was also on the court when Gathers fell to his death in 1990 due to a heat condition. Nobody would care that Bosh was the one pushing to get on the court.
A healthy Bosh would make the Heat even more dangerous than they already are. Usually the player should have the right to play through injuries at his own risk. But this is a different situation and sometimes people have to be protected from themselves.
No matter how enticing it may be, Bosh can’t play in the playoffs until player, front office and doctors are all on the same page. Right now that's clearly not the case.