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Heat owner Micky Arison sends encouraging tweet to Chris Bosh


The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh have been at odds for months over his health and how it impacts his potential return to the team. After Bosh and his wife staged a social media campaign earlier in the week to showcase his return to the court, Heat owner Micky Arison took to Twitter to react to the recent developments.

Not only that, Arison, despite reports that Bosh is unhappy with how the Heat are handling his health issues, issued words of encouragement in his social media post.

Arison’s tweet was specifically in reaction to Bosh’s posted video of himself practicing.

Bosh also recently worked out with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade.

While an interesting development, Arison’s tweet doesn’t mean the Heat and Bosh are out of the woods as it relates to his eventual return to the team. Even if Bosh does indeed make an appearance at Heat camp, which is expected to begin on Sept. 27 in the Bahamas, it doesn’t necessarily mean the parties are beyond the current impasse.

Bosh last played for the Heat on Feb. 9, as blood clots and associated complications have limited Bosh to only 97 games over the past two seasons.

The Heat and Bosh butted heads last season over the star’s expressed desire to play. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said in March that there was “no timetable” for Bosh’s return, which came days after Bosh issued a statement on his own concerning the “many questions regarding my health and when I will play again.”

The Heat then insisted in April that Bosh was out indefinitely, which prompted Bosh to take to social media to showcase his on-court workouts.

This week’s social media output by both Bosh and his wife as well as Arison indicates that there could be a middle ground for the parties. But given reports that the post-Dwyane Wade Era Heat may be interested in some salary cap relief as it relates to Bosh — and his apparent unwillingness to play ball — indicates much work is left to be done.