Chris Bosh was essentially forced to retire from the NBA when he was just 31-years-old, due to a life-threatening blood clot condition. The former Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat power forward hasn’t played a game since February 2016. Now 34, Bosh hasn’t given up on the idea of making a return.
“Yeah, it’s still on my mind,” Bosh said according to Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrback.
“Obviously, if it doesn’t happen by February, I’m not stupid, but yeah, I’m still looking forward to that. I’m still trying to overcome that hump and trying to get something going. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know I can still play some ball and be a 3-and-D guy for somebody out there.”
Bosh, who was once one of the premiere big men in the league, first battled the condition in 2015, forcing him to miss the All-Star game and the final 30 games of the season. He would return to action at the beginning of the next season, but the condition returned and once again sat him down.
Later, Bosh would clash with the Heat front office when they disagreed over whether it was safe for him to return to action. Bosh was taking blood thinning medication, which the team (and league) felt was a potential health and safety concern if Bosh hurt himself while playing. He also had $52 million remaining on his contract, putting the team in an awkward spot of trying to free up that cap space without committing a breech of contract. Bosh is technically not retired.
Bosh was an 11-time All-Star and won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat (playing in the “Big Three” with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade). He also won a gold medal playing for the United States in the 2008 Olympics.