Miami Heat star Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the season because of blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.
Bosh, 30, is receiving treatment at a hospital in South Florida. He checked himself in to the hospital Thursday after not feeling well for several days. The Heat said in a statement that “Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.”
Last week, Bosh complained of pain near his ribs on the right side of his body. Despite the pain, he competed in the NBA All-Star Shooting Stars competition and the All-Star Game the following day.
Bosh is the second player whose final game of the season was at the All-Star Game. New York Knicks standout Carmelo Anthony underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee Thursday.
Bosh, who is in the first year of a five-year, $118-million contract with the Heat, was averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season. The 10-time NBA All-Star has eclipsed the 30-point mark six times this season for the Heat (22-30).
Bosh’s diagnosis comes days after former NBA player Jerome Kersey died when a blood clot traveled from his left calf to his lungs. He was 52. Last month, Brooklyn’s Mirza Teletovic was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
The absence of Bosh comes as a tough blow for the Heat, who entered Saturday sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.