Chris Bosh’s ongoing behind-the-scenes battle with the Miami Heat over the handling of his medical condition and his return to the court is now a matter in which the National Basketball Players Association has reportedly become involved.
“Our top priority is Chris’ health and well-being,” the NBPA told Deadspin.com in a statement tweeted out by a reporter. “We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation.”
Bosh, out since the All-Star break with a recurrence of blood clots, traveled to Toronto on Tuesday alongside Micky Arison, the team said. But his status with the Heat has not changed, according to a spokesman.
The Miami Herald reported last month that Bosh had found a doctor who had cleared him to return to the court, but the Heat remains opposed to it. Bosh said in a statement he released through his publicist on March 11 that he did “not have deep-vein thrombosis,” that he was working with the Heat for “the best precautionary treatment,” and that he remained “positive that I will be able to return this season.”
During the first round, however, Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, responded to a social media post by Miami Herald columnist Ethan Skolnick on Twitter with #BringBoshBack.
Skolnick had pointed out during Miami’s Game 4 loss in Charlotte how the Heat was “really missing Bosh,” and Adrienne Bosh replied to that tweet. Later that same night, Bosh posted a video of himself on Snapchat shooting at AmericanAirlines Arena and bemoaning how much he misses the game.
All the while, Bosh has remained on the Heat’s bench throughout the playoffs, dressed in a suit and coaching his teammates along.
They aren’t regular rotation players for either of their teams this season, but Toronto rookie Delon Wright and Heat veteran Dorell Wright do bring a bond to this series: they’re brothers.
It’s the first time brothers have faced each other in the playoffs since Jrue Holiday (New Orleans) and Justin Holiday (Golden State) played against each in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.