Heat's Bosh done for season because of blood clots
MIAMI – Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat's season around.
His focus will be on something far more important now.
The All-Star forward's season is over, with the Heat announcing Saturday that — as suspected — blood clots were found on one of his lungs. The problem, if it had not been caught, could have killed the 30-year-old Bosh, who had been fighting pain in his side and back for several days.
"He was able to get in front of it early," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said, adding that Bosh's wife, Adrienne, encouraged him to get checked out when the problem wouldn't subside. "That's the good thing that helps all of us sleep at night."
The team said Bosh "is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians" at a hospital, adding that "his prognosis is good."
Bosh posted a photo on social media accounts Saturday night showing him in a hospital gown and bed, with an oxygen tube.
"Thank you for all the messages, love, and support. It has truly lifted my spirits through this tough process," Bosh wrote, adding several hashtags including one that read "Iwillbebacksoon."
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