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[October 13, 2016]
The Sports Xchange
Eleven-time All-Star Chris Bosh
reiterated that he does not want blood clots to bring an end to his
NBA career, even though the Miami Heat will not clear him medically
In another video posting released Tuesday on LeBron James'
Uninterrupted social-media site, though taped 2 1/2 weeks ago, Bosh
maintained that the decision to pursue playing is not about money.
"I'm going to try to play basketball," he said. "We're going to go
everywhere and do everything it takes to get back out there. If
people can't understand that, you don't understand being a winner. I
just choose to follow my dreams.
"(Competing in the NBA is) what I've been placed here to do. You
really have to fight for the things you want to do and the things
you really love. When does that stop?"
Each of the past two years, Bosh had his seasons end early when he
was diagnosed with blood clots.
The Heat announced last month that Bosh would not be allowed to
participate in their preseason training camp after he failed a
physical and was unable to return to basketball activities.
"I think Chris is still open-minded, but we are not working toward
his return," Heat president Pat Riley said at the time. "We feel
that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably
However, Bosh remains on Miami's roster, owed about $76 million for
the next three seasons. Bosh is guaranteed the money, but the Heat
could recoup much of it from insurance coverage if his career ends
early due to his medical condition.
"I'm trying to figure things out," Bosh said on the latest video.
"I'm just as confused as anybody else. I've been playing basketball
my whole life. I feel I have so much more to give.
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"People who see the money and see my situation and say, 'Hey just
walk away.' I totally get it. I understand it. But I'm not really
thinking about money. I'm thinking about where my heart is. I love
the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living."
Bosh added, "I know the love for the children I have, the wife I
have. I don't want to disappoint them. But I also want my children
to know daddy was a fighter and he didn't give up very easily.
"It's kind of the thing: Am I on the right path? Am I on the wrong
path because it's hard? Am I on the right path because it's hard?
It's really confusing because this is my livelihood and career we're
talking about. Our mentality as athletes and competitors as people
is to defy the odds."
In 13 NBA seasons, seven with the Toronto Raptors and the past six
with the Heat, Bosh is averaging 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and two
assists per game. Last season, he appeared in 53 games and produced
averages of 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
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