Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was admitted to a hospital Thursday night because of a health issue with his lungs that could put his season in jeopardy.
Although initial testing was inconclusive, the Heat said, the fear is that Bosh could have blood clots in his lungs, according to the Miami Herald, which if true would cost the Heat big man at least the rest of the season.
Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that it was “too early for an ultimate diagnosis” as Bosh underwent further tests, according to the Associated Press.
Bosh, 30, complained of pain in his ride right side near his ribs last Friday, but he still was able to take part in the Shooting Stars competition, which his team won for the third consecutive year, and Sunday’s NBA All-Star game.
He had 10 points in 11 minutes with three rebounds in his 10th All-Star game appearance. Following the game he joined Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in Haiti.
“I don’t know if he was sick. I’m not a doctor,” Wade said when asked about Bosh’s condition on the trip. “I just know he wasn’t feeling good. He wasn’t coughing or throwing up, but he just wasn’t feeling good.”
Bosh is averaging 21 points and seven rebounds for the Heat (22-30), the No. 8 team in the Eastern Conference. He’s also scored 30 or more points six times.
“I texted Chris last night and, obviously, he probably doesn’t have his phone so I’m just waiting to hear back from him,” LeBron James, his former teammate, said Friday, according to ESPN. “I’m praying. My prayers is up. My hands is open and I’m wishing him the best. My fingers is crossed, for sure. Basketball is a small thing when it comes to health and people’s family. He’s so connected to me that I feel it, for sure. So every minute I’m checking to see if he’s OK.”
On Wednesday, Jerome Kersey, who spent most of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers with stints with the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Seattle Supersonics, died after a blood clot traveled from his left calf to his lungs. He was 52.
In January, Brooklyn’s Mirza Teletovic was lost for the season after he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs after a game against the Clippers in L.A.
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