Miami Heat Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.
The team said the All-Star is receiving care guided by Heat physicians at a South Florida hospital and resting comfortably.
Bosh thanked fans on social media late Saturday night for their “messages, love and support” over the past few days.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra sounded upbeat about Bosh’s road to recovery. The team received the news Saturday morning, Spoelstra said, and welcomed the clarity after a frightening couple of days.
Spoelstra and Heat guard Dwyane Wade visited Bosh on Saturday.
“It’s been very emotional for all of us,” Spoelstra said. “I was in constant contact with CB. But he didn’t know either until they were able to go through all the tests and see all the specialists. … I can’t imagine how tough it was for Chris and [his wife] Adrienne. …
“We’re not even thinking about [his return] right now. The most important thing is he’ll be healthy again. We’ll get a game plan as we continue to get more information.”
The medication required to treat such a condition typically requires at least six months of limited physical activity.
In cases like these, it’s common for the clots to have worked their way from the legs to the lungs, a dangerous occurrence. Blood clots are always a serious condition, but this is a particularly scary moment for Bosh and the NBA after former Portland Trail Blazers star Jerome Kersey died suddenly Wednesday of a blood clot in his lung. Kersey was 52.