Fearing he has blood clots in his lungs, Miami Heat star Chris Bosh could miss the remainder of the NBA season.
Bosh hadn’t been feeling well since earlier in the week and after a visit to a doctor, the former first-round pick was admitted to a hospital.
The Heat play Friday night in New York against the Knicks, Miami’s first game since the All-Star break.
Bosh, 30, is not expected to play.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Bosh Was Admitted To a Hospital Thursday
After meeting with a doctor, Bosh was admitted to a Miami area hospital on Thursday after feeling discomfort in his chest.
According to the Miami Heat, the 6-foot-11 power forward underwent a test, but the initial screening came back inconclusive.
Teammate Dwyane Wade said Bosh hasn’t felt well since early in the All-Star break.
Bosh and Wade traveled to Haiti for Carnival on Monday, then to New York for the All-Star Game.
2. There Is Concern He Has Multiple Blood Clots in His Lungs
The team is concerned Bosh could have multiple blood clots, or pulmonary embolus, on his lungs.
If that’s the case, Bosh would be out for at least the rest of the season.
Pulmonary embolism can be treated with blood thinners, but the medication also requires limited physical activity for about 6 months.
3. Bosh Has Never Played a Full 82 Games Season
Basketball is a physical sport and players take their bumps and bruises. Bosh certainly has. He stands 6-11, but weighs in only at about 235 pounds.
Bosh played a career-high 81 of 82 with Toronto in 2004-05. His career-low was in 2011-12 with Miami when he played in just 57 games.
Nonetheless, Bosh is a 10-time All-Star, a 2-time NBA champion and a 2007 second-team All-NBA player.
4. Bosh Signed a 5-Year Max Deal Over The Summer
Hours after LeBron James decided to leave Miami to return to Cleveland, the Heat and Bosh agreed to a 5-year, $118 million maximum deal to keep the 12th-year vet in South Beach.
Currently, the contract is the largest guaranteed deal in the league.
The Houston Rockets also offered Bosh a max deal, and the opportunity to play alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, but Bosh, a Dallas native, decided to re-sign in Miami to keep playing with Wade.
5. Former NBA Star Jerome Kersey Died Wednesday From a Pulmonary Embolism
Just Wednesday, a day before Bosh went into the hospital, former NBA player Jerome Kersey died of a pulmonary embolism when a blood clot traveled from his calf and into his lungs.
Kersey, who played 17 NBA seasons and best known for his time in Portland, was working for the Trail Blazers at the time of his death. He was 52.
Kersey had surgery on his left knee earlier last week and the coroner said his death could be a complication of the operation.