Bosh Steps Up Training in Hope of NBA Return
With the Miami Heat training camp scheduled to begin in less than a month’s time, forward Chris Bosh has increased his workouts in the hope of returning to the court this season. The 32-year-old has seen his last two seasons cut short by blood clots, putting his long-term NBA future in serious doubt.
However, with three seasons still remaining on his contract worth an estimated $76 million, Bosh is expected to be cleared to step out onto the court once again in the coming weeks.
Despite the Heat remaining concerned with Bosh’s health problems, the former Toronto Raptors man is believed to have been in training for several months, and is now putting pressure on his team’s medical team to allow him to return to action. Bosh himself was keen to return to the court during the NBA Play-Offs last season, in which the Heat went down in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to the Raptors.
Having Bosch back in contention would certainly help to shorten the Heat’s odds of winning the NBA Championship next year, with basketball betting odds currently showing Erik Spoelstra’s men as outsiders behind the likes of the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and reigning Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Should Bosh receive the all clear to take part in the Heat’s training camp, he will return to a team that has undergone a major overhaul over the off-season. Miami lost franchise player Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls, while former starters Luol Deng and Joe Johnson have also departed to the LA Lakers and the Utah Jazz respectively.
Bosh was in fine form before his most recent setback, with the veteran finding himself as the Heat’s leading scorer and 3-point shooter before the February All-Star break last season when he experienced clotting. His season suffered a similar fate the season before, with Bosh having been hospitalized for over a week when clots made their way into the superstar’s lungs.
Should Bosh receive the devastating news that he is unable to resume his playing career, the Heat would have to pay the remainder of his contract, with the veteran making no plans to retire from the game just yet.
One man who certainly faces a big year this time around is Justise Winslow. When Winslow was drafted 10th the Heat last year, he was undoubtedly considered as one of the best prospects in a number of years. The 20-year-old certainly lived up to his name last season, showcasing his credentials as a defender that can match-up with the most potent of forwards.
Despite his relative inexperience, Winslow is likely to be one of the Heat’s main leaders on the court, having famously outplayed star names such as Lebron James, Paul George and Kevin Durant last time around.