Chris Bosh gave an eye-opening quote about adjusting to life without basketball after a medical condition abruptly ended his career

  • Chris Bosh's career abruptly ended two years ago after two bouts with blood clots.
  • In a recent interview, Bosh said he misses the NBA life and has struggled with a sense of purpose since he finished playing.
  • Though Bosh hopes for one more shot in the league, teams are reportedly wary of signing him because of his health condition.

It's been over two years since Chris Bosh last played an NBA game.

Bosh's career was put on hold when it was revealed that he had a blood clot that traveled to his lungs. After returning in the 2015-16 season, he once again was found with another bloodclot, essentially ending his career.

Bosh's contract was eventually bought out by the Miami Heat, and though he's a free agent, it seems unlikely teams will take a chance on him with what could be a life-threatening condition.

Though Bosh has picked up an array of hobbies off the court, he told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan in an eye-opening piece how much he has been affected by life without basketball. Bosh told MacMullan that basketball was his one true passion, and without it, he has missed the camaraderie, schedule, and attention around him.

In particular, Bosh gave a blunt description about how he lost his confidence and sense of purpose when everything he knew suddenly fell away.

"You go from being with the guys all the time, in the locker room, in practice, having a militarized brain in terms of this schedule, and then all of a sudden you are on your own. You lose a sense of purpose, you lose a sense of yourself. And you lose confidence. You find yourself saying, 'I was the best at this and now I'm not the best.' You have to deal with not being very good. You have to deal with people no longer catering to you.

"You start feeling forgotten. You don't get as many phone calls. You don't stay at the forefront of people's minds. It's natural, it's life, you have to understand what's happening, but I definitely see why the divorce rate is so high, and why players go broke.

"Guys spend all their money trying to capture that feeling again. You can't eat at Prime 112 [Restaurant] every night anymore. There's this never-ending search for that feeling that you once had, and it can cost you."

Bosh said he has lost touch with several teammates and friends in the league. Though they tried to keep in touch, the distance and hectic schedules became too much.

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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh dunks the ball behind his back during play against the Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Former Georgia Tech star Chris Bosh wears a Toronto Raptors cap after he was selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Raptors, at Madison Square Garden New York, June 26, 2003. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton PM/HB
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat shoots against Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2013 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Georgia Tech's Chris Bosh (L) battles North Carolina State's Levi Watkins (R) for a loose ball during the first half of the teams' quarterfinal game of the ACC Tournament March 14, 2003 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier ELO
EAST RUTHERFORD - APRIL 27: Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors speaks during the press conference after playing against the New Jersey Nets in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Chris Bosh and Adrienne Bosh attend the 2nd year with the Chapman Partnership to help feed the local families of Miami this Thanksgiving at Chapman Partnership on November 20, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Chapman Partnership)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors poses during the 2003/2004 NBA Draft Portrait at Paramount Theatre Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by: Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 23: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat dives for a loose ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2013 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 7: Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors poses during a NBA rookie photo shoot at the MSG training facility in Tarrytown, New York on August 7, 2003. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Chris Bosh (R) and wife Adrienne Bosh and Team Tomorrow Inc. team up for the 2nd year with Chapman Partnership to feed the local families of Miami this Thanksgiving on November 20, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: NBA player Chris Bosh attends First-Ever Call of Duty XP at the Stages at Playa Vista on September 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Activision)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Chris Bosh poses for a portrait during NBA Draft Media Day at the Westin Times Square Hotel on June 25, 2003 in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND - OCTOBER 23: Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors autographs a souvenir for a patient in a Read to Achieve event at Sick Kids Hospital on October 23, 2003 in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Melanie Boyce/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - JANUARY 17: Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors rebounds the ball against Mehmet Okur #13 of the Utah Jazz on January 17, 2006 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz defeated the Raptors 111-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Kent Horner/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 23: LeBron James #6 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat pose for a photograph after the game against Milwaukee Bucks ; Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - JANUARY 20: Chris Bosh #4 the Toronto Raptors shoots over Reggie Evans #30 of the Seattle Sonics during the game at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington, on January 20, 2006. The Raptors won 121-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Reinking/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 9: Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center on November 9, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Raptors won 105-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO - NOVEMBER 4: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics grabs a rebound ahead of Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors on November 4, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Mandatory Copyright Notice : Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by David Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 20: Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors speaks to the media after the Raptors' loss to the Orlando Magic in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2008 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Magic won 114-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh (L) celebrates after dunking the ball over Los Angeles Clippers' Brian Skinner as teammate Jermaine O'Neal looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles December 22, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES)
Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade (L-R), Chris Bosh and LeBron James laugh together on the bench late in the fourth period of their NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Miami, Florida January 1, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh reacts as he makes an observation to NBA official Ken Mauer during a timeout against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (R) celebrates a basket in front of Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami, Florida June 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (L) and LeBron James wait to enter the game after a timeout as a San Antonio Spurs' fan mocks James during the third quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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In 2017, Bosh told Business Insider that it's a daunting, but exciting challenge trying to find what to do next.

"I have to be extremely creative, more creative than I've ever been in my life, because that's such a tough question to ask ... I think that's such an exciting thing. I felt like I was chosen to play basketball when I was younger. I've had to ask myself [what's next] over and over.

"And that's the things I think about as far as my legacy as a man and the things I accomplished, what I meant to my family. And that's, like, totally up in the air. It's kinda cool."

Bosh told MacMullan he's still hoping for one more shot in the league, but according to MacMullan, four different GMs that spoke to ESPN expressed hesitancy about signing and playing Bosh after his blood clots.

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