Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is taking blood thinners to treat blood clots, but his status for the rest of the season is uncertain, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
The team released a statement regarding Bosh’s health on Wednesday announcing that he would not practice or travel to Atlanta for the game against the Hawks. No other update on his medical condition was provided.
Doctors advise against athletes participating in contact sports while on blood thinners, due to an increased risk for bleeding.
Bosh missed last weekend’s All-Star Game with what the team called a calf strain. The blood clot issue that caused him to miss the final three months of last season began as a calf problem. The clots traveled to Bosh’s lungs and gave him trouble breathing. He underwent numerous surgeries and had tubes in his chest to drain excess fluid. Bosh opened up about the near-death experience to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins.
Bosh was prescribed blood thinners and took them for seven months, before being cleared to return to the court in September.
The 31-year-old has started all 53 of the Heat’s games this season. He is averaging a team-high 19.1 points per contest, along with 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
- Dan Gartland