Heat: No timetable for Chris Bosh return

Chris Bosh wants to play again this year, but the Heat aren't counting on that yet. (Getty Images)
Chris Bosh wants to play again this year, but the Heat aren’t counting on that yet. (Getty Images)

There was plenty of excitement Thursday when Chris Bosh came out with a statement indicating he intends to return this season, but the Heat don’t seem to be counting on that.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra did not offer much on Bosh’s status other than saying he’s encouraged by his workouts.

“We love Chris, and he’s in a great place right now,” Spoelstra said at shootaround this morning in Chicago. “He’s working out right now in Miami. When we get back, we’ll be able to do some workouts with him, but more than anything else he’s in a good place mentally. We don’t have any kind of timetable or anything like that for his health.

“He’s been able to do individual workouts with the coaching staff, but it’s not about that or a timetable right now. We’re very happy that he’s around, that he’s healthy and that his spirits are good. We love him. I love his spirit.”

Spoelstra declined to answer further questions about Bosh. The team has been mostly silent about his status, and the statement Bosh released was through his personal spokeswoman.

Bosh went down with an undisclosed medial issue at the All-Star break — he hinted in Thursday’s statement that it was a blood clot — and has missed 11 games. Before stepping away, he was averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

The Heat have gone 8-3 without him, partially because of a light segment of the schedule, but certainly would benefit from getting him back before the playoffs.

“I hope so,” Luol Deng said. “It makes us a better team going into the playoffs. Having him definitely makes us a lot better as a team and gives us more options.”

But there remains concern about his overall health.

“Always,” Deng said. “The first thing, as a friend, you want to see him healthy. Basketball is just what we do. We all love to play basketball, but people forget we have lives other than this. He has a great family. For all your teammates, the biggest thing is their health. As long as he’s getting better, that’s really what matters. Coming back to the court, that comes later down the list.”

[Chris Bosh says his goal is to play again this season]

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