The Heat introduced two new players to the team Saturday before making the news official that Chris Bosh would be out for the remainder of the season.
Goran Dragic, 28, and his brother, Zoran, 25, had an introductory press conference on Saturday afternoon at AmericanAirlines Arena, and the Heat announced about an hour later that Chris Bosh would miss the remainder of the season to treat blood clots in his lung. The team said Bosh is resting in a Miami-area hospital and that his prognosis is good.
The official announcement hit like a punch to the gut. A city and basketball world ached for one of its brightest stars.
News of Bosh’s medical situation this week trumped the game of basketball for the Heat and sent a sorrowful ripple through the rest of the NBA.
“The main thing is for us to be there for C.B., to reach out to him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s in good spirits. C.B. is always C.B. He always has a great, positive outlook on everything.”
The condition affecting Bosh has inspired an outpouring of support for the Heat’s power forward in Miami and around the country. Heat teammate Dwyane Wade said it best when he remarked that Bosh’s well being “was more important than basketball.”
Admitted to the hospital on Thursday, Bosh has undergone testing and treatments. Family and friends have offered well-wishes both in person and on the Internet during the trying time. The prescribed use of blood thinners to treat blood clots ruled out Bosh for remainder of the season, but many athletes have returned from blood clots on the lungs, known medically as pulmonary embolism.
Bosh’s health was first in the thoughts of Heat players, coaches and front-office officials as the team returned to Miami on Friday evening for a game Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The game will be a mix of emotions for the Heat community and Miami. Just a few days ago, the team and city celebrated a stroke of genius by president Pat Riley, who successfully engineered a trade for Suns point guard Goran Dragic at the NBA trade deadline, a move that could set up the Heat for championship success in the future.
Both Dragic brothers are expected to be available for Saturday night’s game. Goran, considered one of the top point guards in the NBA, said he hopes to remain in Miami long-term. His contract expires after this season.
“Miami was one of the spots and Miami has won three rings and, of course, everyone wants to play for a championship team,” Goran Dragic said.