More than seven months after being hospitalized for nine days with blood clots in his lungs, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh said Thursday he has been taken off blood thinners and cleared for basketball contact, days before the team opens training camp Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
More significantly, Bosh said he was informed by doctors that he does not have the hereditary gene that would make him more vulnerable to a recurrence of the clots that sidelined him for the final 28 games last season. till, Bosh knows there are no assurances against a recurrence. He will take preventative measures, such as getting up to walk during flights, stretching his legs, wearing compression socks and taking Aspirin. Bosh could not engage in basketball contact while taking blood thinners the past seven months because it would have put him at serious risk if he started bleeding.
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He said if the clots do return, he would not be required to take blood thinners for the rest of his life. Bosh said his extended absence from basketball made him appreciate the game more and eliminate some non-basketball interests. “I am almost 7 feet tall; I have things that I can do that people would call a gift,” he said. “I have the opportunity to go back out there and give passion to the game, because I think I was lacking a little passion for a while. Mentally, I can see myself just really continuing to have an excellent career … “It’s such a great game. I came that close to losing it. I would rather be [playing basketball] than have tubes in my chest. That sucks.”