Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has admitted that he misses basketball after being sidelined with blood clots in his lung two months ago.
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Bosh hasn’t played or practiced since the All-Star break after he was diagnosed with the issue in February, and he isn’t expected to return to any sort of action until late in the summer.
While he revealed that he is still taking medication to thin his blood, he added that he is trying to put a positive spin on things and hopes that his absence will reinvigorate his passion for the game after a stressful four years of maintaining a high level.
“As I got ill, the afterthought was maybe I need to miss basketball. I miss it. And I’ve still got five more months, 5 1/2 more months,” he said, according to ESPN.
“Maybe this is what I need. I need to recharge my passion because I was getting beat down a little bit over the last four years. That’s what success does. Now I can go back in the lab and work on my game.”
It had been reported that Bosh was playing with the blood clots in his lung for up to three weeks, but fortunately after falling ill it was finally diagnosed which gave the hospital time to treat him and ensure that he made a full recovery.
The expectation is that the two-time NBA champion will be able to return to the practice facility by June or July, as the Heat will be making their plans for next season to figure out the best way to return to the playoffs after missing out this season.
Despite some inspired performances from Dwyane Wade and a positive impact from new recruit Goran Dragic, Miami were unable to make the post-season for just the fourth time in the past two decades that coach Erik Spoelstra has been involved with the team.
While they are expected to make moves in free agency to strengthen their roster, they will also be boosted by the return of Bosh who played a more prominent role for the team prior to his injury with LeBron James moving back to Cleveland.
Team president Pat Riley has previously insisted that they will look to make a statement this summer, and so it remains to be seen who else will be joining Bosh and Wade ahead of the new campaign.