Miami Heat center Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the season while undergoing treatment for blood clots on his lung, the team announced on Saturday.
In a statement, the Heat said that Bosh is "resting comfortably" while under the guidance of team physicians at a hospital. Miami added that Bosh is "OK and his prognosis is good."
Coach Erik Spoelstra commented on the situation.
Spo on Bosh (cont’d): “The clarity of it was the most important thing. His health will be able to be restored and that’s bigger than bball.”— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 21, 2015
Bosh was sent to the hospital after reporting for practice on Thursday feeling "under the weather," according to Spoelstra. He reportedly underwent further testing on Friday.
Bosh participated in the Shooting Stars event last Saturday during All-Star weekend and played 11 minutes in Sunday's All-Star Game, scoring 10 points.
The Miami Herald reported more details about the situation on Thursday:
While in New York over the weekend for the All-Star Game, Bosh complained of pain in his side near his rib cage. He then traveled to Haiti during Carnival with his wife, Adrienne, and Dwyane Wade and Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union.
Asked on Thursday after practice whether Bosh was sick in Haiti, Wade said, “I don’t know if he was sick. I’m not a doctor. I just know he wasn’t feeling good. He wasn’t coughing or throwing up, but he just wasn’t feeling good. So I don’t know when it happened. It could have happened in New York.”
Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard said earlier this week that Bosh has been dealing with a rib injury in recent weeks but that it wasn't enough to prevent him from playing.
Bosh is averaging 21.1 points and seven rebounds per game this season. A free agent last offseason, he re-signed with Miami on a five-year, $118 million deal in July.
After the announcement that he would miss the rest of the season, other teams tweeted messages supporting Bosh.
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