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Bosh remains under contract with the Miami Heat, though the team is likely to begin a process of waiving him and getting salary-cap relief from the final two years of his deal. He'll be owed about $52.1 million for 2017-18 and 2018-19, money he is guaranteed to receive but dollars that may not count against the Heat books. He is reticent to discuss his playing future, though acknowledged again that planning to play this season but not being able to because of a failed physical "was a challenge." "I'm still a basketball player at heart," Bosh said. "I can't help it."
"I'm a little bit more adjusted now," Bosh said. "But before, you're going 100 mph and the brakes are slammed on and now you're not moving at all. It's definitely an adjustment, just being able to get used to things and finding that purpose that I think we all need to succeed and have good mental health. It's been a challenge. Things happen for a reason, I guess."
The five kids at home, that's full-time. And they're used to having their dad at home when they arrive back from school in the afternoon, something Bosh — who is playing some basketball in workouts — has happily gotten used to as well. "People are so concerned and I appreciate it, but I'm doing fine," Bosh said. "I'm very happy. I'm getting to do other things that I have never been able to do. I'm a beginner in a lot of things. But I've learned to like it, and just look at the nice new picture I have of the world."
The use of blood thinners typically returns a blood-clot sufferer to general health, although the use of blood thinners is contraindicated for those attempting contact sports. The Heat, according to a source close to the situation, in recent days have attempted to reach out to Bosh in hopes of an amicable resolution, without response. Bosh remains with a stall in the Heat locker room at AmericanAirlines Arena, but has not been around the team this season, in contrast to his presence after being sidelined the previous two seasons.
Presuming a doctor agrees with that assessment, then Bosh’s contract would be cleared from Miami’s cap, creating an additional $25 million in cap room this summer and giving the Heat an estimated $38 million in space. But if Bosh makes a comeback with another team, that could be problematic for the Heat. Once he plays in 25 games for another team during any single season (including playoffs), his salary would go back on Miami’s cap.
Chris Bosh has a new job, yet does not sound like he's abandoning his old one. More than a year removed from his last NBA game, Bosh said during his debut appearance as an analyst for Turner Sports' "Players Only" programming that he's working out — indicating that he has not ruled out trying to play again. "My health is great," Bosh said during Monday night's initial broadcast. "I'm feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready."
An NBA-employed associate said Bosh has made no attempt toward playing this season but still has interest in playing again, health permitting. Bosh’s comments come days after he was in contact with the Heat’s medical staff, as the sides are expected to begin the process of a separation at some point in March.
The talent show, produced by Turner Sports in association with Juma Entertainment, will feature eight finalists showing off their special skills, including C.J. Miles of the Pacers playing piano, Miami’s Chris Bosh playing guitar, Phoenix’s Devin Booker playing ping pong, Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo singing and Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert and the Lakers’ Metta World Peace and Lou Williams rapping.
Bosh has not definitively decided whether to resume his career. He certainly has not ruled it out. And the idea of playing again with Dwyane Wade or LeBron James appeals to him.
Bosh reached out to the Players Association last spring in efforts to force the Heat to allow him to play, but Bosh has not contacted the union for that type of assistance in recent months, according to a source with direct knowledge. Bosh, in fact, hasn’t responded to some of the union’s calls to check on him. Even some union officials have doubts about whether he will be cleared to play again.
"I play with the Bulls and I don’t even know that," Wade said. "That’s news to me, he’s one of my good friends. The biggest thing with Chris is ... his health. He’s not even playing basketball right now. Basketball is something he loves and I’m sure somewhere in the back of his mind he would love to be able to do again but I know his steps and that moment is not here now. I can’t even talk about next year."
"A lot of the issue with the Heat is at the end of the day he has something serious and they want to make sure it’s not life-threatening and then it goes from there," Wade said. "Things are said and things are done but at the end of the day as I’ve always said about Chris, I know Chris is worried about his health first. He has a family that he loves and he wants to make sure that he’s as healthy and whole as he can be. But also he loves the game of basketball so when that day comes there are always going to be stories about guys where they have friends at. Everyone knows he a good friend of mine so that’s probably where you get some of that. But besides that, he hasn’t told me that."
Sean Highkin: Chris Bosh and his wife were at a Bulls game recently, fwiw. And then Bosh played guitar onstage with Buddy Guy the next night.
More than one rival team has said they don't expect Bosh to be waived by Miami until after March 1, thereby ensuring he's not playoff-eligible for another team. The prospect of removing Bosh from the team's payroll becomes an active option for the Heat after Feb. 9, which is the one-year anniversary of his last game for the club.
Forward Chris Bosh: Has been away from the team since failing his preseason physical, after missing the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots. The Heat are expected to begin a permanent separation process sometime after Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary from Bosh's last game played with the team.
Bosh, speaking at a CES gadget show in Las Vegas, did not address his health but said he’s still figuring out what he wants to do next. “I'm still learning more about myself and my situation, and really off the court how to function there because I'm kind of getting the taste of retirement now," Bosh said, via the Associated Press. "Just trying to navigate those waters because it gets a little complicated sometimes. ... Hoping one day that the stars align and I figure some things out and things kind of just go my way and I'll be able to do what I want to do. I don't know what that is yet."
Bosh has always shown that he’s not just a basketball player, though. He takes pride in being a well-rounded person. He used to have a YouTube channel with vlogs, interviews, even a behind-the-scenes series about getting his first tattoo. He’s become a talented chef and he’s appeared in movies and on television. And these days, the Dallas native has picked up a new, more harmonious hobby: the guitar. “I started playing because of my situation,” Bosh says. “I had a lot more free time on my hands. I always wanted to learn music. About eight years ago I tried picking up playing the piano. My cousin would give me lessons. Of course, I didn’t pursue it. It got too hard and I stopped. I always thought the guitar was cool. So I said, If I pick it up and don’t put it down, I can learn how to play the guitar.”
Bosh wants his release so he can join another team. It is far from certain he will get that chance. Indeed, his career might already be over. While no one can offer certitude, sources who spoke with Bleacher Report in recent weeks—including team executives, medical experts, sports ethicists, player advocates and other league personnel—painted a grim picture. There are doubts that any team doctor will clear Bosh to play—or that it would be wise or even ethical to do so.
The NBA's new labor deal, agreed upon last Wednesday, will create for the first time an independent medical panel to settle life-and-death cases, according to details obtained by Bleacher Report. When a player is declared medically "unfit" to play, his case can be referred to the panel by his team, by the league or by the players association. If the panel determines the player has a life-threatening condition, it could bar him from playing in the NBA again.
Because his condition predates the new labor deal, Bosh will be exempt from the new protocols—i.e., his case cannot be submitted without his consent, sources said. However, Bosh himself can initiate the process. He could even do so before the new labor deal takes effect on July 1, with the agreement of league and union officials.
A source said Bosh still is evaluating options. A compromise would be the sides reaching a buyout. The Heat declined comment on all matters Tuesday. According to medical experts, multiple blood clots can mean a patient suffers from an auto-immune blood condition making someone prone to clotting. Lifetime blood thinners are normally prescribed. Bosh has done commercial spots for an increasingly popular blood thinner, Xarelto.
According to a source, the Heat don’t want to deal any longer with the uncertainty and threat of Bosh’s blood clots, and wish to be done with it. The Heat can waive Bosh at any point and take the cap hit if he searches and finds a new team willing to work with his goal of playing again.
Two sources familiar with the situation told The Post that Bosh’s failure of the physical stemmed specifically from a blood-clot matter, as many have speculated. Bosh had two previous blood clots — in February 2015 and February 2016. It is standard in cases such as Bosh’s to undergo a sonogram, to make sure the legs are clot free, and a chest CT scan for the lungs. It is unclear if the sonogram or CT scan showed the old blood clot still had not dissipated enough despite blood thinners — or if a third clot had formed.
According to a league-employed source connected to Bosh, the mindset at the moment is that he’s more likely to attempt a comeback next season than this season. The Heat eventually needs clarity on that, because if Miami goes through the process of removing his salary from its cap in February (it cannot happen before Feb. 9) instead of, say, April, it would leave Miami at risk if Bosh makes a comeback elsewhere this season because his salary would go back on the Heat’s cap if he plays 25 games with another team (regular season and/or playoffs).
The labor agreement is written in such a way that Miami now must root against Bosh being cleared to make a comeback elsewhere. Bosh is expected to come off Miami’s cap soon after Feb. 9, which would eliminate hits of $25.3 million next season and $26.8 million in 2018-19, though he would still be paid everything he’s owed, partly from insurance. The cap-hit removal will become definite if a doctor selected by the league and union determine, as expected, that his condition is career-threatening or severe enough to put him at risk if he plays.
Larry Coon and Nate Duncan tell me that even if Miami is capped out at the time, it would not be required to shave $25.3 million off its team payroll (and get back under the cap) after Bosh plays his 25th game for another team. The bad news: As Coon and Duncan explain, if the Heat is already capped out at that point, that would result in a $65 million luxury tax bill for Miami, unless the Heat frantically shed tons of salary in trades.
Bosh has already received $9.5 million of his $14 million 2016-17 salary in up-front payments as previously negotiated. Even with insurance kicking in, Bosh continues to receive his payments from the Heat in similar form as previously. "We still pay Chris," Elisburg said. "Chris is still the employee and we still are responsible for paying the salary."
Landmark Sports founder and NBA agent Rob Pelinka has signed Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh for representation. Bosh had been represented by CAA Sports but left that agency in late September. The Heat announced in September that it was unable to clear Bosh to participate in basketball activities after a preseason physical. The Heat did not disclose the problem, but it has been widely reported that Bosh is suffering from blood clots.
There have been amnesty clauses in the last two CBAs, allowing teams to waive players and have their salaries removed from the salary cap. This move would potentially deal a blow to the Miami Heat as they look for a solution to Chris Bosh, who is owed $75 million over the next three years.
At the moment, an attempted comeback next season is considered more likely (with another team, if he can find one to clear him medically), though it’s impossible for Bosh or anyone to know how soon he can play. Bosh is making no attempt, at this time, to force the issue and make the Heat release him.
The players union would consider getting involved only if Bosh decides in February or March that he wants to try to play immediately, and the Heat hasn’t yet released him. Regardless of all of this, it’s questionable if any team doctor will clear him. Pat Riley already has said that the Heat is no longer working toward a Bosh return to the court.
The National Basketball Players Association is monitoring the Miami Heat's approach with sidelined Chris Bosh, including the possibility of the team keeping the All-Star power forward on the roster long enough to prevent him from becoming playoff eligible for another team. A party familiar with the NBPA's approach on Friday told the Sun Sentinel that the union is examining the situation, while also remaining cognizant of the ongoing medical and privacy issues with Bosh, who failed his preseason physical after missing the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots.
Bosh has been away from the Heat since his failed physical in late September. Heat President Pat Riley said he did not expect to have Bosh with the team at practices or games, a role Bosh took the previous two seasons when sidelined. Bosh has not approached the team about returning to the bench or locker room, according to a party familiar with the situation.
The most likely course of action as of now in this murky, sad situation, per sources all around it: The Heat wait until after March 1 to waive Bosh, so that he is not eligible to appear in the postseason for any team that signs him. At that point, Bosh's mammoth salary would vanish from Miami's cap sheet, freeing Riles to plop his rings in front of one or two stars this summer.
With the Miami Heat moving to cut ties with Bosh over his blood clot condition, the 11-time All-Star appeared in a video on Tuesday vowing continue to pursue his NBA career. So, when we shot Jordan out in L.A. Tuesday night, we asked what he thinks Bosh should do next. "I think that he should come to the Clippers ... I'd come off the bench!"
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Jones says he has talked with Bosh since the failed physical and is totally confident the 11-time All-Star will eventually be cleared to play the game he loves at a high level. “Chris will play again,” Jones confidently told Basketball Insiders. “I’ve always said there’s something about that group in Miami. Every single guy down there, in a unique fashion, had overbearing, overwhelming desire to succeed. We did some special things down there namely because those guys (Wade and Bosh) willed their way to it.
“From a health perspective, I know [Chris] will do everything in his power and medicine these days is amazing. He’ll find a way to get back. No way will he allow the game to be taken away from him for a medical reason. But like always, he’s methodical, he’s very very patient and he’ll figure it out. We’re all pulling for him because this is a brotherhood. Not only because this is the NBA but by playing on a team like that, it’s a brotherhood, and you always want to see your brother’s dreams and legacies fulfilled.”
The Heat aren’t under deadline pressure to make a decision now, so Bosh, who has been diagnosed with blood clots in each of the past two seasons, must be patient. Publicly and privately, the Heat maintain this is a matter of Bosh’s health and well-being, not a business decision.
Time will tell if this year’s team is any good. Assuming there’s no change of heart by Miami’s medical staff about Bosh, the remaining $78 million that he’s due could -- could -- come off the Heat’s cap right around the All-Star break, roughly a year after he last played for Miami. But that’s contingent on Bosh not playing 25 games for another team, either this season or next. If he did, his yearly salary would go back on the Heat’s cap and make any big-money acquisitions impossible. If Bosh’s salary comes off the Heat’s cap in time for the summer of 2017, Miami could quickly be a player again in free agency. “You can always recruit people to come to Miami,” Whiteside said. “It kind of sells itself. So you know you’re always going to have a good team here.” But if not, the going will go slower.
In episode four of Bosh’s Uninterrupted series, the two-time NBA champ shared his feelings about his career with the Heat being over and admitted to being hurt by Riley’s words: “I didn’t see my career in Miami ending like this, I didn’t get a call or a text or anything like that. I mean, it’s a business. We understand that. We always say those things. But if you say certain things to the person and you win championships and you have these moments, you don’t want to find things out through the media. It’s kind of tough. We say all these things, the commitment, brotherhood and all these things. And then, for whatever reason, you find out, or I find out like this. So, it hurts.”
What was your reaction when you heard Pat Riley say he believed Chris Bosh likely never will play again for the Heat? Chris Bosh: Before I even focused on basketball my concern went out to CB as a person, as an individual. I have a good relationship with him. I have a good relationship with his family. My wife has a great relationship with his wife. Secondly as a friend you support your friend through the good, the bad, the ups and downs. Regardless of where CB’s career takes him or whatever his situation may be, we’re always going to have a relationship, we’re always going to be friends. I’m always going to be rooting for CB.
Two of the team’s more iconic players, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, no longer are around. Dragic, along with Udonis Haslem and Hassan Whiteside, will be asked to lead a team with much more youth than before. “It’s not the prettiest situation right now,” Dragic said Monday from the Heat’s media day. “Still, we’re professionals, we need to clear our heads and have more focus, one goal in our heads, to get better as a team, to get to know each other and try to build that chemistry we’re going to need for the season.”
“I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader,” he said. “We still got UD, we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys. “CB is not with us, D-Wade is not with us. It’s a lot of minutes. Somebody is going to have to take those minutes. I’m confident, Tyler (Johnson) he’s going to step in. Josh Richardson, (Justise) Winslow had and unbelievable rookie season. I think we’ll be okay.”
Dan Le Batard on the Chris Bosh situation: "(Chris Bosh) wasn't fighting this recent report of him failing the physical, but he was absolutely distrustful of everything the Heat doctors were telling him. I don't know what's happening with him in terms of whether it's bulletproof or delusion but at every point he was not trusting what it is that the doctors were telling him and he got his own people involved to double-check everything that the doctors were telling him."
Miami Heat President Pat Riley said Monday that the team views Chris Bosh's career with the team as over, that the team no longer is working toward his return. "We are not," Riley said in his office at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return.
"We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over." Asked if he felt Bosh's NBA career was over, as well, Riley said, "that's up to him."
Bosh has been sidelined for the second half of each of the past two seasons due blood clots, recently failing the Heat's preseason physical. "It's pretty definitive from us, in our standpoint, that this is probably going to be a time where we really have to step back," Riley said.
Riley said the team has been surprised by Bosh's comments about the team. "It wasn't like [gesture of washing his hands of it]. He wasn't just written off," Riley said. "That may have been his attitude and his perception of it, because he didn't want to believe what was out there. That bothered me. He wasn't written off. "Besides that, we did everything we could."
The Heat released a statement Friday afternoon stating that the team is unable to clear Chris Bosh to return to basketball activities after conducting his physical this week. Bosh, 32, missed the second half of the past two seasons after developing blood clots. “I was just disappointed and sad,” Dragic said of what he felt when he heard the news about Bosh. “It was a lot of emotions involved, but it is what it is. I’m here to work, I’m here to play basketball. Of course, we wish him all the best.”
Saying "little setbacks happen," Chris Bosh vowed on Friday night to continue his comeback to the NBA without specifically addressing what had caused him to fail a preseason physical with the Miami Heat. Speaking in a videotaped segment published online, Bosh called the news "a down moment right now" while pledging that everything would work out. "I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 of 'Uninterrupted: Bosh Rebuilt' today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," Bosh said in the video. "Unfortunately that is not the case. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along on the journey with me."
After a battery of medical examinations, the Miami Heat have declined to clear All-Star forward Chris Bosh for training camp and increasingly believe that his career with the franchise is over, league sources told The Vertical.
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