MIAMI (AP) All-Star forward Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat will miss at least the remainder of the season because of blood clots on one of his lungs.
The team said he is receiving care guided by Heat physicans at a South Florida hospital and resting comfortably.
Bosh sought treatment on Thursday after not feeling well for several days. He averaged 21.1 points and 7 rebounds this season, his first in a five-year, $118 million contract with the Heat.
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”Chris is OK and his prognosis is good,” the Heat said in a statement.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was scheduled to address reporters later Saturday, before Miami hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.
The issue of blood clots is particularly serious in NBA circles right now, with Bosh’s situation coming just days following the death of former NBA player Jerome Kersey. Doctors said Kersey’s cause of death was related to a clot traveling from one of his legs to one of his lungs.
And last month, Brooklyn forward Mirza Teletovic was ruled out for the season once clots were found on his lungs.
Bosh is the second NBA player whose final game this season was the All-Star Game. New York’s Carmelo Anthony was shut down for knee surgery earlier in the week, a move that was long expected.
Bosh’s situation was anything but expected, becoming the latest – and by far the biggest – blow in a season filled with tumult for the Heat.