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Heat's Bosh back with team for charity event as on-court future unclear

POSTED: Feb 25, 2016 9:02 PM ET

By Tim Reynolds

AP Basketball Writer


Chris Bosh was back with the Miami Heat on Thursday night, albeit only for a team charity event.

The All-Star forward's basketball future remains unclear.

Bosh has been dealing with a blood clot that formed in his leg and took blood thinners to treat the problem earlier this month, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press more than a week ago. But Bosh has remained silent about the matter, not divulging anything about his current health situation or even if he plans to play again this season.

"There really isn't anything to say about that right now, as they are continuing to find ways and explore options," Heat President Pat Riley said at the team's charity gala Thursday. "That's probably the best way to deal with it."

Bosh has seen doctors in Miami, Boston and Toronto over the past two weeks to address the problem and determine a course of action. The team confirmed his presence at the gala, saying he entered the private event in a different way than most of his teammates.

It's the second straight year that Bosh has had a blood clot thwart his season at the All-Star break. He missed the last 30 games of the 2014-15 season after one was found to have traveled to one of his lungs. This clot, while still a serious issue, was believed to have been confined to his leg and the expectation was that the bloodthinning medication would quickly fix the problem.

However, athletes in contact sports are typically discouraged from competition while on such medication because of an elevated bleeding risk.

"He's doing great," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said as he walked the red carpet with his wife, Gabrielle Union. "You have to ask him what he wants to do. That's not my position. He's a friend of mine. I care about his everyday life. Basketball is secondary when it comes to health. ... It's a decision he's going to have to make."