Recently, Chris Bosh announced that he has begun preparations for the 2016-17 NBA season. The Miami Heat is a lot different than it was when Bosh left last winter, and it begs the question; should Chris Bosh even be attempting a return at all?
Blood clots are no joke. Bosh’s problem would be a serious concern to monitor for an everyday human, let alone a professional athlete. The toll an NBA season takes on a body makes it rather unpredictable just how Bosh will be able to handle it.
Looking around at the Heat roster, there isn’t a heck of a lot of help, either. Bosh would likely be looked at as “the guy”, a role less than ideal for someone coming off (and still dealing with) a life threatening condition. In fact, without Dwyane Wade, Bosh will likely have to exert himself in ways we haven’t seen since his Raptor days. All I’m saying is, the dude is going to want to put a little more thought into this comeback thing. At 32, he has been an all star several times and won 2 NBA titles. That’s a great career by any measurement. Returning to the NBA could potentially mean jeapordizing your future with your family. Tall guys in the NBA have known health issues that other guys don’t. Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone recently passed away due to heart issues. Larry Bird has been candid about his health during and after his playing days. If you’re Chris Bosh, is it really worth it?
It isn’t a clear-cut, black and white decision when it comes to this stuff. There is a lot of things at play when it comes to professional athletes. The first is obviously money. Bosh is already set for life, but if you were presented an opportunity to make millions more doing what you love, wouldn’t you take it? How many times do we see athletes stay with their current lousy team (Melo and the Knicks) rather than go somewhere more competitive all because of the almighty dollar? Why do you think Wes Welker came back to try and play for the Rams this past season? If you have a talent that can make you rich, you don’t think. You act.
Another force in this whole thing is legacy. Does Bosh really want to be remembered as the third wheel on a great Miami Heat team that won 2 titles, or does he want to be remembered as the guy who took the throne after Wade left and made the Heat great again? It’s not like the Heat is a total mess without Wade; there’s definitely a team to be salvaged. However, if Bosh proves to be more of a hindrance than a help, this could actually make his legacy worse. There are a lot of ways this thing could pan out, but he’s going to want to give it some serious thought.
Lastly, and most importantly, is his family. I’m sure his wife has already given him the thumbs up to return, given that he seems committed and all. It’s hard to imagine he would attempt this if she didn’t want him to. Even if Bosh is medically cleared to play, that doesn’t mean he is going to be free from risk. There is still major risks involved in bringing Chris Bosh back on to a basketball court. He knows that. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how he carries himself, and we certainly wish him all the best in the world.