Two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh, who has not played since the 2015/16 season due to issues with blood clots, has not ruled out continuing his career as a player, he said during an interview with NBA TV. Bosh said he would stay active in basketball while all but ruling out a position as a coach.
“Probably not coaching. It’s always very interesting. I’m always going to be around the game of basketball,” Bosh said (via Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel). “I plan to keep my options open as a player moving forward, but that’s not coaching. Maybe front office work, working with teams and spreading the game, maybe teaching the game to young people, that’s something that’s a very big passion.”
After Bosh, 33, made a surprise appearance as a guest at a Lakers practice last month, it was reported that he did not rule a possible comeback to the NBA.
Bosh reached a unique agreement with the Heat in July where his salary would longer count against the team’s salary cap after he was waived. Bosh’s blood clots were ruled career-ending following a medical review by the NBA and the players’ union the month prior. After not playing the past two seasons due to the blood clot condition, it was widely believed that the 11-time NBA All-Star would not play again.
“I don’t see how medical people will want to sign off and clear him,” a Western Conference executive said to TNT’s David Aldridge earlier this year about the unlikely nature of a comeback. “Unless something has changed with his health recently … I don’t know of a team that would want to take that type of a risk. If something were to tragically happen, it’s hard to recover from that. Very unfortunate.”
In his last season, Bosh was still a productive player, posting 19.1 PPG and 7.4 RPG in 53 games for the Heat.