When "Ball is Life" Could End Your Life: Chris Bosh's Fight to Extend Career
Chris Bosh’s struggle with the Heat medical staff has left the organization in a sticky situation.
An Associated Press report came out today declaring that Chris Bosh had “failed his physical”, and as a result could not participate in training camp for the Miami Heat. This all stems from the blood clotting condition that was identified during the 2014-2015 regular season, and it has led to a vicious fight from Bosh to continue playing the game he loves. The Miami forward has been on various media outlets claiming that he will be suiting up again for the Heat this upcoming season, and has even released a documentary on the struggle, but the organization has other ideas. They recently released a statement regarding his physical condition,
The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible. Chris has now taken his preseason physical. The Miami Heat regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.
Heat doctors have been quoted time and time again, that Bosh’s career is most likely over, but Chris has refused to accept their diagnosis, getting various other doctors’ opinions, and challenging the staff, with the hopes of clearance. Neither side has budged, and it’s understandable given the circumstances. Bosh feels frustrated and “written off” that this condition has stripped him of his ability to play, even when he is just a few years past his physical prime, and while the Heat would love to have their best player on the court, they just cannot have Chris risk death by playing. In the end, the NBA is a business, and letting their 2nd highest paid employee with a high-risk medical issue play is just not an option.
Finding a solution that will satisfy both parties is nearly impossible at this point, but ultimately I believe Bosh needs to hang it up. His desire to play is admirable, and we all know he can still perform as an elite player in this league, but there is life after basketball. He has already demonstrated he can excel in media, and the first part of his documentary just reaffirms that Chris already has talents outside of the game. He can transition seamlessly into the sports media world, and offer a totally unique perspective as a player that can absolutely still physically compete with the players we’re seeing on the court.
I have no doubt in my mind that if Bosh’s basketball career cannot continue, we will be seeing him on a media outlet very quickly. Bill Simmons has already gushed over Bosh’s ability to deliver long-form analysis after an appearance on “Any Given Wednesday”, and I’m sure ESPN will throw a huge offer his way as well.
I can’t even imagine how frustrating it must be for the game you love to be taken away from you, but I’m sure you’ll land on your feet, big fella.