Heat power forward Chris Bosh was admitted to a Miami-area hospital Thursday to undergo testing, according to the team.
Bosh was “under the weather” on Wednesday when he reported to practice, according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, and team trainers sent Bosh to see a doctor. He did not attend practice Thursday and was instead admitted to the hospital.
Initial tests on Bosh, 30, were inconclusive, according to a team spokesman. An independent source confirmed for the Miami Herald that the initial tests were on Bosh’s lungs.
Bosh, a 10-time All-Star, ranks 13th in the NBA in scoring at 21.1 points per game and also is averaging 7.0 rebounds. Bosh, 30, is the Heat’s highest-paid player after signing a five-year, $118 million contract last July.
While in New York over the weekend for the All-Star Game, Bosh complained of pain in his side near his rib cage. He then traveled to Haiti during Carnival with his wife, Adrienne, and Dwyane Wade and Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union.
Asked on Thursday after practice whether Bosh was sick in Haiti, Wade said, “I don’t know if he was sick. I’m not a doctor. I just know he wasn’t feeling good. He wasn’t coughing or throwing up, but he just wasn’t feeling good. So I don’t know when it happened. It could have happened in New York.”
Although Bosh noted discomfort in his side last Friday, he appeared healthy. On Saturday, he won the All-Star Shooting Stars competition at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and on Sunday, Bosh played 11 minutes in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
News of Bosh’s condition muted a joyous day for the Heat, which landed a star point guard in a trade earlier in the afternoon. Heat president Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg engineered a three-team trade that sent Phoenix point guard Goran Dragic to the Heat. Selected to the All-NBA third team last season, Dragic is expected to help the Heat make the playoffs this season and further rebuild the team after LeBron James left for Cleveland last summer.
The Heat left for a road trip in New York on Thursday. The team plays the New York Knicks on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Although Spoelstra said that Bosh was “under the weather” on Thursday, the team’s coach would not elaborate on Bosh’s symptoms. Bosh missed eight games earlier this season with an injured calf.
Bosh has a guaranteed contract with the Heat through the 2018-19 season. The full amount of his contract is $118,705,300, which currently is the largest guaranteed deal in the NBA.
Miami Herald sportswriters Joe Trezza and Barry Jackson contributed to this report.