Statistically speaking, this has been one of the best seasons in the history of the NBA. Some players are recordings triple-doubles left and right, and there are also players scoring more efficiently than ever before. The Lakers are fun again, the Warriors are ridiculously effective on offense and no one has shown any signs of tanking. Seriously, for some reason there aren’t any teams tanking and that’s all happening when we’re approaching one of the most loaded draft classes in recent memory.
This season is panning out as one of the gre… whoa, sorry about that. I’m not sure what happened there, I just kind of phased out there. What I was trying to say, was that this season is on pace to becoming one of the greatest of a… you know what, no. I’m really trying to put on a facade for everyone, but in all honesty things aren’t all that great. There’s something in particular that’s been bugging me, and that’s that someone really important is playing this season. What I’m trying to say, is that well… I really miss Chris Bosh.
For the first time in thirteen years, it legitimately looks like the 11-time all-star big man won’t be suiting up in an NBA uniform for a single game. Now I know that this isn’t news for many basketball fans, but it hasn’t hit me until now that he’s really not playing.
As most of you know by now, Bosh has been sidelined due to complications with blood-clots in his lungs. At first, this whole thing looked like it would take patience from both Bosh and the Miami Heat if they wanted him to return to the basketball court. But, unfortunately for Bosh, that all changed about three months ago when he failed the team physical. After that, team president Pat Riley made it very well-known to the public that the organization would no longer be working toward his return to the team.
What Riley was essentially saying, was that Bosh’s career with the Heat was over. That doesn’t mean that they would be cutting him though, because they really can’t. Bosh’s contract is pretty iron-clad, and they can’t cut him without having to pay the majority of his very pricey contract. However, he does have a career-ending injury clause that will clear on the ninth of February which is exactly one year after he last played in an NBA game. Once they exercise that clause, they’ll no longer have his contract count against their salary. They also won’t have him on their roster.
But that may actually carry some hope for Bosh and his fans (cough me cough cough).
Bosh’s physical was administered by the team’s personal doctors, and as much as we’d like to trust their intentions, you never truly know who’s best interests they kept in mind. Also, if Bosh will be freed in February then, in theory, he could still play this season. Not for the Heat, but maybe for a team willing to give him a chance. Maybe there’s a team that’s only a piece away from becoming legitimate title contenders, who could really use a player exactly like Bosh. Maybe they even offered him a contract in 2014. That’s right, I’m talking about the Houston Rockets.
You have to admit, they’d be a great match right now. The Rockets have embraced a style that perfectly coincides with Bosh’s playing style. He’s an adequate rebounder and solid defender, who does a great job at spacing the floor. Bosh is basically an all-star version of Ryan Anderson. If Houston were interested, they could probably get him to sign for a pretty cheap contract and he’d definitely be worth it if he could pass a physical.
Again, it needs to be stressed just how much of a concern his health truly is for most teams. Like everyone else, I want him to be 100% healthy before he starts pondering his playing career. But he really wants to continue playing right now, and you can’t blame him for wanting to continue fulfilling his childhood dreams. You also can’t blame his fans (cough me cough cough) for being so hopeful about a return to basketball. Either way, it seems like to only option for us all is to be patient.