Oh gosh, still no Bosh for the rest of the season

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat watches on from the bench against the Charlotte Hornets during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2016.
Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat watches on from the bench against the Charlotte Hornets during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI • Veteran Chris Bosh, who is reportedly in a stand-off with the Miami Heat over his health, will not feature in this National Basketball Association post-season, the player and team said on Wednesday.

Their joint statement added: "The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible."

The forward has not played since Feb 9 due to blood clots in his calf.

He also missed the second half of last season because of blood clots, with a clot migrating to his lungs and forcing him into a hospital stay.

In March, Bosh issued a statement saying his condition this season had "never been life-threatening" and he was confident he would return to the court.

The Heat, however, have been reluctant to put him back on the floor, according to some reports because Bosh was taking blood thinners to combat the clots.

Last week, Bosh posted a Snapchat video of himself shooting three-pointers with the caption: "I still got it".

His wife Adrienne put up several Twitter posts with the hashtag "BringBoshBack".

Several American media outlets reported that Bosh had asked the NBA Players' Association to intervene on his behalf.

He travelled to Toronto, separately from his team-mates, and was present when they opened their Eastern Conference semi-final series against the Raptors with a victory on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old is expected to remain with the team throughout the rest of the play-offs.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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