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Chris Bosh ‘still a big part’ of Miami Heat while sidelined with blood clot

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) and guard Dwyane Wade (3) talk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Miami. The Clippers defeated the Heat 100-93.
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) and guard Dwyane Wade (3) talk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Miami. The Clippers defeated the Heat 100-93. AP

Chris Bosh has stayed out of the public eye since returning home from the All-Star Game with a blood clot in his left calf, and the Heat again on Tuesday provided no new updates regarding his health.

But just because the 11-time All-Star hasn’t played orbeen around on game days for each of Miami’s past three wins doesn’t mean he has stayed away from his teammates.

“Yeah, he’s been around,” said coach Erik Spoelstra, who added that he attended the baby shower for Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, over the weekend and then saw Bosh when he visited AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday morning as the Heat (32-24) began preparing for Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (50-5).

Bosh hasn’t been around just to visit, though.

Dwyane Wade said Tuesday that Bosh, who is on blood thinners, has participated in team meetings, film study and even taken the court to put up “little jump shots.”

“As I said from Day One, his spirits are up and when he’s around the team, he’s CB,” Wade said. “He cracks jokes on everybody. He gets on the court, shoots the little jump shots he shoots. He might get a little sweat in. Just being around the locker room, it’s good sometimes when we’re able to sit in front of Coach and have the whole team.

“There’s been a lot of times this year when we’ve had maybe eight, nine, 10 guys. Even some of our coaches [like Keith Smart] have not been here all year. It’s good to have Chris come in, be around, have his voice be heard. He’s still a big part of this team. He comes in and watches film with guys, does different things. He’s a leader on all fronts. It’s not just playing basketball.”

Luol Deng said Bosh sent text messages to teammates after last Friday’s upset win in Atlanta when Miami upended the Hawks without Wade, Bosh and center Hassan Whiteside.

“He comes in, he’s watching tape. He’s going upstairs. It’s just unbelievable how much he’s into it and how much he’s invested,” Deng said. “A lot of guys could just stay at home and kind of wait to see what happens. I think what everyone has done is just given him space in terms of not always asking him what’s going on. After a while that can get annoying.

“He came in the other day, watched tape with Tyler [Johnson]. The other day he was watching a little tape with Josh Richardson. His leadership really is just his personality, just who he is. It’s really good to see him being around.”

Deng said he and his teammates remain hopeful Bosh will be able to return this season.

“We’ve just got to let it be,” Deng said. “It doesn’t make sense for us trying to keep asking him and keep nagging him about it. Whatever he has to do, when he comes [back and is ready], he’ll let us know what’s going on. For now, that’s what we go with.”

Manny Navarro: 305-376-3612, @Manny_Navarro

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