As previously feared, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday (Feb. 21).
The 30-year-old is currently receiving treatment at a South Florida hospital and is resting.
Bosh took to Instagram late Saturday night to thank fans for their “messages, love and support” over the past few days.
Despite the health scare, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra seemed confident in Bosh’s road to recovery.
“His health will be restored,” Spoelstra said. “That’s the most important thing. That’s bigger than basketball.
“It’s been very emotional for all of us,” he added. “I was in constant contact with CB. But he didn’t know either until they were able to go through all the tests and see all the specialists. … I can’t imagine how tough it was for Chris and (his wife) Adrienne… We’re not even thinking about (his return) right now. The most important thing is he’ll be healthy again. We’ll get a game plan as we continue to get more information.”
Both Spoelstra and Heat star Dwyane Wade visited Bosh on Saturday.
The medication required to treat such a condition typically requires at least six months of limited physical activity. So, obviously, he’ll be out of the line-up.
Blood clots are always a serious condition, but this is a particularly scary moment for Bosh and the NBA, after former Portland Trail Blazers star Jerome Kersey died suddenly this past week of a blood clot in his lung. Kersey was 52.