Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh seemed ready to go for NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 as he was slated to compete in the 3-Point Contest and as a member of the Eastern Conference All-Stars. However, he was sidelined close to the last minute with a reported strained calf. After undergoing additional testing, though, there is concern within the Heat organization that Bosh could be dealing with a serious health problem.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat is concerned that their star forward/center is dealing with another "potentially serious health situation." There is a worry in the organization that Bosh's calf injury is not a strain, but instead another blood clot. Bosh's agent, however, says that it's too soon to say definitively whether or not that's the actual issue.
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Bosh was sidelined right after the 2015 All-Star break last season when doctors discovered blood clots in his lungs. He made a full recovery, though, and was able to return at full health this season. But his history with blood clots and the potential side effects of the blood thinners that he's on to deal with those past issues make the current situation all the more worrisome.
When healthy, Bosh is one of the most underrated players in the entire NBA. He's always been an All-Star caliber talent, but his game has grown seemingly every year that he's been in the league. With the Heat looking to make moves before the NBA Trade Deadline to try and posture for a playoff run, a Bosh injury would certainly debilitate them in that regard.
However, the Heat's playoff chances are the least of anyone's concerned. Not only is Bosh a fantastic player, but also a beloved teammate and peer in the NBA. Hopefully this isn't as serious as it could be—but if it is, let's hope that he can make a full recovery once again.
Update: Feb. 15, 11:35 p.m. ET
According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, it is indeed a blood clot issue going on with Bosh right now, but Reynolds also notes that this doesn't yet mean that Bosh has been ruled out for the season:
There is obviously a lot going on here, but Bosh's health is undoubtedly something to keep an eye both in terms of a basketball sense for the Heat and a human sense in general.