Chris Bosh says he's 'still an athlete', doesn't rule out return to basketball

Bosh is an 11-time All-Star who has not played in an NBA game since early 2016 due to issues related to blood clotting.

Chris Bosh has not played basketball since February 2016 due to recurring blood clots, but he hasn't given up hope on an NBA return.

“At heart, I’m still an athlete and that is not how I want it to end,” Bosh said of his playing career in an interview with "Larry King Live," via the Palm Beach Post. “I do [miss playing]. But a part of me doesn’t. I’ve come to enjoy different aspects of life.

"There’s a lot of life out there. I mean only because as basketball players — we do that — that’s really it. But I’ve enjoying spending time with my kids. I’ve enjoyed spending time with my wife and just kind of relaxing and working on my mind and my soul.”

Bosh, an 11-time All-Star, was hoping to play at some point this season, but a failed physical in September dashed his hopes. Heat president Pat Riley said that Bosh’s career with Miami“probably is over” after the failed physical.

Now 33 years old, Bosh is starting to understand the Heat's side of things as well. Though part of him still wants to play, he realizes Miami might want to save money by getting rid of his contract.

“Yeah, I understand what they have to do as a team,” said, Bosh, who is set to be paid $52.1 million over the next two seasons. “It is a business. I know we — as athletes and owners and people involved with the NBA — never want to say it’s a business, and things like that. It’s is a business. And hurt does come in with that. But as president of the Miami Heat, I understand what he has to do.”

The Heat made a valiant run to sneak into the Eastern Conference playoff picture toward the end of the year, but they fell just short of their goal.

With Bosh back, and healthy, Miami could be a threat to contend in the East next season. But he is still not sure what the future holds for his playing career.

“I don’t know,” he said. “And that’s exciting. It’s always this kind of pressure as an athlete, people [asking], ‘What are you going to do? And you should do this? Or you should do that?’ I think it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t know what I want to do.’ I have a lot of things on my mind.”

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