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Heat’s Chris Bosh talks illness, is set to return in September

Chris Bosh speaks to the media before the Miami Heat’s game with the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday, March 9, 2015.
Chris Bosh speaks to the media before the Miami Heat’s game with the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday, March 9, 2015. El Nuevo Herald

Chris Bosh is scheduled to return to full basketball activities in September, according to Miami Heat team doctors.

Bosh, who was hospitalized for nine days after suffering from blood clots in his lungs, will be reevaluated later this month. If cleared, Bosh “may begin regular exercise at that time with plans to start strength training next month,” the Heat wrote in a press release.

The prepared statement coincided with Bosh’s first visit to AmericanAirlines Arena since his medical scare. The perennial All-Star attended Monday’s game against the Boston Celtics and spoke with reporters 45 minutes before tipoff.

“I’m just happy to be back,” Bosh said. “I’m just happy to be here and see the fellas. I haven’t met Goran [Dragic] yet. We just talked through texts. I haven’t seen [Michael Beasley]. There are so many new additions to the team, and I’m just happy to be here. After not being able to do certain things, you just find small things to be happy about, and I’m just glad to be back where I belong.”

Bosh said he recently began driving in an automobile around his neighborhood. Doctors also cleared him to take walks. The 30-year-old center revealed that he believes he had been playing with blood clots for “two or three weeks” before going to the doctor. Bosh says his wife Adrienne urged him to go to the doctor after not feeling well for an extended period of time. Before that, Bosh said he was “swallowing my pride.”

“You know our situation this year,” Bosh said of the Heat, explaining why he played through pain. “I didn’t want to add to the snowball that was already going on, so I just wanted to go out there and do my best to help us win. That’s all I was thinking about.”

Bosh’s final game with the Heat was on Feb. 11 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then participated in All-Star weekend before flying to Haiti with Adrienne, teammate Dwyane Wade and Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union, for Carnival. Bosh checked into the hospital Thursday, Feb. 19, one day before the start of the second half of the season and the same day the team acquired Dragic in a trade.

“I’ve always respected the game and I’ve always loved the game and I’ve never been able to not play,” Bosh said. “This is the first time in my life. The game has given everything to me, but I’m just making sure I’m staying patient. I’m making sure I’m not getting too ahead of myself and not getting back too soon.

“I’ve just come to appreciate everything about basketball — just being in the grind of doing this special job that we have, and it’s something I love and will love forever.”

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