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Bosh future in doubt due to blood clots in lungs

February 21, 2015

MIAMI (AP) — All-Star forward Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat underwent more tests in a South Florida hospital on Friday, amid concerns that blood clots have worked their way from his legs to his lungs to create a condition that could be season-ending or worse.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team is still waiting for a full diagnosis and expected prognosis, insisting that it is too soon to draw any conclusions.

But if the clot fears are confirmed, Bosh would almost certainly be facing a recovery period of at least several months.

“In terms of all the rumors and speculation, we’re aware of all the things that are out there,” Spoelstra said in New York, where the Heat will play the Knicks on Friday. “Everybody’s jumping the gun right now. I know there’s a lot out there.

“Frankly, there’s not a full diagnosis right now. So for everybody to speculate, right now at this stage it’s very premature.”

The concern from the Heat and Bosh’s NBA peers, however, is real and understandable.

“Pray for CB,” Indiana Pacers forward Paul George wrote on Twitter.

Bosh, 30, has been dealing with side and back pain for several days. He went to a hospital on Thursday for evaluation.

Bosh’s situation comes just days following the death of former NBA player Jerome Kersey. Doctors said Kersey’s cause of death was related to a clot traveling from one of his legs to one of his lungs.

And last month, Brooklyn forward Mirza Teletovic was ruled out for the season once clots were found on his lungs.

“I’m no doctor, so I have no way of knowing what he’s going through or what he’s feeling,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of Bosh, who he vacationed with in Haiti earlier this week after the All-Star Game in New York. “I just knew that he wasn’t feeling his best.”

Bosh is averaging 21.1 points and 7 rebounds for Miami this season, his first in a five-year, $118 million deal.

“We are just staying focused on positivity and keeping him healthy,” Bosh’s wife Adrienne wrote on her Twitter account, adding that Bosh “is doing ok.”

His former Miami teammate LeBron James tweeted: “I know you’re strong and will come back better than ever on and off the court.”

Athletes have come back, sometimes better than ever, after blood clots have found their lungs.

Serena Williams was diagnosed with the problem known as a pulmonary embolism in 2011, and has been the dominant player in the world again since her return.

“Scariest thing I ever experienced,” Williams said months after returning.

There’s also the tales with unhappy endings.

Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston’s career may be over after he was diagnosed with clots on his lungs last year for a second time. And in 2005, Arizona women’s basketball player Shawntinice Polk collapsed and died from a clot just weeks before she was to begin her senior season.

“We just want the best for Chris and his family,” Wade said.

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AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.

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