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Chris Bosh: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Chris Bosh may be one of the most underrated players in the league today. The 2 time champ has career averages of 19 points and 9 rebounds, and he was the perfect complement to LeBron during their title runs.

chris_bosh_raptorsBosh started his career in Toronto in 2003 as a prototypical 4 man. He was efficient on the block and in the mid-range game. He had multiple 20-10 seasons and led the Raptors to playoff appearances prior to his departure in 2010 when he joined forces with LeBron and D-Wade in Miami.

Since arriving in Miami, Bosh has enjoyed much success, both personally and with his team. He completely transformed his offensive game to better complement LeBron and Wade. He became a modern-day stretch 4, moved his game from off the block to the weak side wing. He received open looks game after game as result of LeBron and Wade’s penetration. Bosh and his teammates went to 4 straight Finals, winning 2, and often Bosh was overlooked. He proved to be the defensive stalwart of Miami’s first unit.

During the 2014-2015 season LeBron left the Heat for Cleveland. Again, Bosh’s role shifted. He became more of a leader and focal point of the offense alongside D-Wade.

During the last season and a half Bosh has been embattled with an injury of a very serious degree. Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, and has had to step away from the game. He has fought off this health issue and made every effort to get back in action.ChrisBoshHeat

Recently Bosh has been locked in a feud with Heat management resulting from Pat Riley and co. rebuking Bosh’s efforts to return to the court. Bosh is currently on blood thinning medication, which is aiding in the resolution of his health issue. The medication does, however, make it very dangerous to play. A serious blow to the head or to the mid section could put Bosh’s life in jeopardy. Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, have taken to social media using the hashtag #BringBackBosh in efforts of strong arming the Heat into putting Bosh back in the lineup. Anyone with a working knowledge of Pat Riley and the Heat brass know that engaging in a battle of wills with them is futile at best. It is clear that Bosh is on the Heat’s clock whether he likes it or not.

Bosh’s desire to play at all costs may be dangerous, but it is refreshing. So many guys in the NBA these days take games off without injury. A glance at a box score any given night in San Antonio could see reasons for sitting out ranging from “Old” to “Rest.” The talk of “shutting down” franchise players who are out of playoff contention late in the season is happening more and more.

Chris Bosh NBA All-Star Game 2016: Getty Photo

Chris Bosh NBA All-Star Game 2016: Getty Photo

For Bosh’s sake, it appears the Heat want to save Bosh from himself. Heat coach Erik Spoelestra was one of the players on the court more than 20 years ago when Hank Gathers died as a result of heart complications. That is surely an image that has stayed with Spoelestra. An image so strong that it may cause the Heat to handle Bosh’s situation extra carefully.

Chris, I applaud your heart and desire. It is a breath of fresh air. For your benefit, listen to Riley and take every precaution needed to be sure you don’t pay the ultimate price. I know that we are all guilty of making pro sports seem way more important than they are, but at the end of the day this is still just a game.

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