According to various local reports, Chris Bosh failed a pre-training camp physical after instances of clotting were discovered in his blood work. Per the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the clotting is “believed to be related to one of two previous blood clot episodes” that forced Bosh to stop playing in each of the last two seasons.
Bosh has been publicly pressuring the Heat to allow him to return to the court, and was reportedly willing to file a grievance with the league through the player’s union if the team ultimately did not clear him. But according to Jackson, Bosh has accepted the results of the most recent physical as a legitimate setback in his desire to return:
Though it’s unclear if Bosh will attempt to play again, he is not expected to file a grievance with the union or push to return in the immediate future, amid this latest setback.
Earlier this week, Bosh released the first part of a self-directed documentary chronicling his recovery. In it, he said he felt “written off” by Heat doctors after the second instance of clotting, which was just the latest escalation of a PR battle with the team. But per Jackson, the Heat were expecting to clear Bosh at the end of this week.
Bosh has not yet indicated if he plans to retire or still hopes to play again. A statement from the team reads:
MIAMI, September 23 – 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 pre-season 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.
We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player’s consent.