Even after blood-clotting issues prematurely ended his 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns, even after the NBA’s independent medical review confirmed the Miami Heat’s diagnosis that it was unsafe for him to continue playing, even after he was waived in coordination with the announcement that the Heat would retire his number, Chris Bosh has always maintained the belief that he can return to the court. The 11-time All-Star took that a step further on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday morning, informing the panel that he continues to prepare for a comeback and, shockingly, is open to an NBA return this year.
“I’ve been in the gym,” Chris Bosh said. “I can still play basketball. No. I’m not done yet. Yeah, I’m trying to come back. Man, I see all these guys shooting 3’s and not playing defense, and, man, I’m saying I’ve got to get some of it.”
All the while, Bosh has maintained that an NBA comeback isn’t out of the realm of possibility. On Thursday, he made the leap to not only saying he was ready for a return, but ready for one now, even referencing the March 1 deadline for teams to acquire players and keep them eligible for the playoffs. “Next season, yeah,” Bosh said of his comeback plan. “The roster spots haven’t been filled this season yet, so it’s always a possibility.”