Erik Spoelstra: Heat have ‘no timetable’ for Chris Bosh’s return
A day after Chris Bosh issued a statement on his own and not through the Miami Heat indicating his health is improving, Erik Spoelstra made some comments that indicate the team doesn’t expect the star’s return to the lineup anytime soon.
“We love Chris. He’s in a great place right now mentally,” the Heat head coach said Friday, via a tweet from the Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro. “We don’t have any kind of timetable.”
Navarro notes that Spoelstra fielded only two questions about Boshbefore being cut off by a Heat team spokesman, which he suggests is an “obvious sign where the team stands” on this issue.
The spokesman also reportedly indicated the team would have no comment on Bosh’s statement, which was released Thursday and stated he does not have deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in his leg.
“I know there have been many questions regarding my health and when I will play again,” Bosh’s statement read in part, via ESPN. “My situation this year has never been life threatening. I am feeling great and currently I do not have deep vein thrombosis.
Bosh did not provide any timetable for his return, either, but wrote he’s “taking every necessary step to make sure I am healthy for myself, my family and my team … I remain positive that I will be able to return this season.”
Team doctors have not cleared Bosh to return to the court and there is a reported indication they aren’t inclined to do so anytime soon.
Reports in late February indicated the Heat was pressuring Bosh to sit out the rest of the season, as he did last year when he missed the Heat’s final 30 games after a blood clot traveled from his calf to his lung, which required hospitalization.
While the Heat of course are concerned about Bosh’s long-term health, there could be additional factors motivating the team’s purported motives if it is indeed the organization’s preference he sits out the rest of the season, as noted by Pro Basketball Talk’s Dan Feldman.
On the other hand, his healthy return to the lineup makes the surging and playoff-hungry Heat that much more formidable.