Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra looks ahead to series vs. Raptors
Chris Bosh’s ongoing behind-the-scenes battle with the Miami Heat over the handling of his medical condition and his return to the court is now a matter in which the National Basketball Players Association has reportedly become involved.
“Our top priority is Chris’ health and well-being,” the NBPA told Deadspin.com in a statement tweeted out by a reporter. “We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation.”
Bosh, out since the All-Star break with a recurrence of blood clots, traveled to Toronto on Tuesday alongside Micky Arison, the team said. But his status with the Heat has not changed, according to a spokesman.
The Miami Herald reported last month that Bosh had found a doctor who had cleared him to return to the court, but the Heat remains opposed to it. Bosh said in a statement he released through his publicist on March 11 that he did “not have deep-vein thrombosis,” that he was working with the Heat for “the best precautionary treatment,” and that he remained “positive that I will be able to return this season.”
During the first round, however, Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, responded to a social media post by Miami Herald columnist Ethan Skolnick on Twitter with #BringBoshBack.
Skolnick had pointed out during Miami’s Game 4 loss in Charlotte how the Heat was “really missing Bosh,” and Adrienne Bosh replied to that tweet. Later that same night, Bosh posted a video of himself on Snapchat shooting at AmericanAirlines Arena and bemoaning how much he misses the game.
All the while, Bosh has remained on the Heat’s bench throughout the playoffs, dressed in a suit and coaching his teammates along.
They aren’t regular rotation players for either of their teams this season, but Toronto rookie Delon Wright and Heat veteran Dorell Wright do bring a bond to this series: they’re brothers.
It’s the first time brothers have faced each other in the playoffs since Jrue Holiday (New Orleans) and Justin Holiday (Golden State) played against each in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.
Delon, who played all of 10 minutes in the first round against the Pacers, grew up a Heat fan because Dorell played his first six seasons in the league with the Heat.
Dorell began this season in China, and the two feared they might not get a chance to play against each other.
But the Heat signed Wright the last week of the regular season, and once the brothers saw the way the playoff brackets were set up, they knew it was a possibility. Dorell, 30, said he spent time hanging out with Delon, 24, after the Heat arrived in Toronto.
“He’s way more craftier than me,” Dorell said of Delon. “I was probably a little more polished [at his age] because I had an opportunity to learn from a lot of veteran players. He’s a later bloomer just like I was. But the way he’s been working at his game and the last few games I’ve seen him play, he’s going to be a good player.”
Delon said he’s still a huge fan of the Heat and Dwyane Wade, who often would talk to Delon when he was a teenager.
“Except for this series I’m still a fan,” Delon said of the Heat. “I love D-Wade. That’s my favorite player. I’m still a fan of his.”
Dorell said he didn’t get many opportunities to see Delon play this season while he was in China.
“Thank God for Twitter,” Dorell said. “Me being  hours ahead, whenever the games were over, I would search his name and watch the YouTube clips and stuff or search his name and see different fans or reporters talking about him.
“That’s how I kept up with him.”
Combo guard Tyler Johnson was able to play the final six minutes of Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Hornets, his first action since undergoing left shoulder surgery and last playing in late January.
Johnson said his conditioning is still not where he wants it to be, but he’s “not too far behind.”