By: Kylan Watson
The long, arduous journey to return to the court for Chris Bosh has finally come to an end. On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Miami Heat Forward, Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat, and the NBA Players Association agreed to part ways. Chris Bosh has not been seen on a basketball court since February 2016 due to blood clots. Bosh gets to keep the 52.1 million dollars he is still owed from his contract, and the Heat get cap relief and Bosh’s salary has been taken off them. Bosh can now finally return to the basketball court. That may not be a wise decision for Bosh to return to the court especially with his blood clotting issue. The path for Chris Bosh to play again is now clear, but he may want to take his money and retire, instead of trying to play again only to have his season cut short by blood clots.
Bosh and the heat have been fighting over his right to return to the court for two years. Bosh has wanted to return to the court since 2016. However, the Miami Heat did not want to play Bosh because they were afraid his health would not allow him to make it through the grueling NBA season. Bosh could not finish the 2015-2016 NBA season because of blood clots in his legs, that caused him to miss the rest of the season. The Heat did not want, Bosh playing again until he was able to be cured from blood clots or get the condition under control. Bosh has been cleared to return to the court since 2016, by his doctors, but the Heat wanted him to be cleared by their doctors.
This back and forth has been going on for the past two years, and the relationship between the Heat’s front office and Bosh’s representatives, has soured over the years. Bosh has had an impressive career, he averaged 19.2 points per game, he played 35.8 minutes per game, and collected 5,568 rebounds during his career. Bosh is also a two-time NBA champion and he revolutionized the power forward position. Bosh was the first stretch power forward with not only a great mid-range jump shot, but also was a threat from the three-point line. Chris Bosh should take his money, retire, and enjoy his family, he has nothing else to prove on the court.