Although Chris Bosh has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 because of blood clotting issues, he’s not ready to close the door on his NBA playing career just yet. “That’s still there in front of me,” Bosh said on The Full 48 podcast hosted by Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck. “The window is still open. Once I close the doors, it’s closed. I don’t open it back up. That’s kind of me as a human being. That’s just one of the things about me. … But yeah, for me, I don’t close anything until I’m officially done. So until that day, I will definitely let everybody know when that day comes, if it comes soon. I still, of course, work out and everything. I’m still doing work on the court. That’s very important to me. I’m still keeping my options open for the future. I know a lot of people don’t know that, but don’t write me off just yet.”
KC Johnson: Fred Hoiberg said he exchanged text messages with Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who won’t coach Friday’s game as he addresses a health issue: “Steve is one of the truly good guys in this business. You hope everything is OK with him and that he’s back on the bench soon.”
Asik hasn’t played in a game since February 2017 after falling ill during last year’s All-Star break, and just getting back to this point has been an incredible journey for him. Gentry said the veteran center has worked “extremely hard” to get healthy enough to start working out again and the team hopes to get him back in the rotation within the next few weeks.
“He’s getting really close, I think, to being able to play a few minutes here and there,” Gentry said. “Obviously, the guy’s been out since February. He hasn’t been able to run or condition or anything like that. Even when he’s released to play, it’s going to take a while for him to be able to play anything other than really short spurts.”