MIAMI — Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat season around.
His focus will be on something far more important now.
The All-Star forward’s season is over, with the Heat announcing on Saturday that — as suspected — blood clots were found on one of his lungs. The problem, if it had not been caught, could have killed the 30-year-old Bosh, who had been fighting pain in his side and back for several days.
“Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably,” the Heat said in a statement. “Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was scheduled to address reporters later Saturday, before Miami hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bosh’s situation is nothing short of a shock to the Heat, who entered Saturday with a 23-30 record and holding onto the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In cases like these, it’s common for the clots to have worked their way from the legs to the lungs, a dangerous occurrence. Just days ago, such a medical event led to the sudden death of former NBA star Jerome Kersey, who was only 52 and showed no signs of trouble.
Last month, Brooklyn forward Mirza Teletovic was ruled out for the season once clots were found on his lungs. Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao went through a similar situation and missed most of the 2012-13 season.
Many athletes have dealt with clots and eventually returned, some better than ever. But the road to recovery is often long, starting with blood-thinning medication being prescribed — and those on that typically have to clear many hurdles before they can resume regular activity.
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