September 4, 2016, 6:43 pm
One Big Thing: The Bosh Dilemma
The NBA has been pretty free and clear of post-career health concerns; easily in the best shape of the four major sports. Some of that is attributable to the less-demanding physical toll that basketball has compared to hockey or football and fewer PED concerns than baseball (and football too, really).
Not to say that basketball is easier by any means. It’s just that players can enter retirement without having the looming specter of serious health issues hanging over their heads.
The league has also chosen to prioritize player safety and has actually followed through with action. They have continued to limit back-to-backs and stretches of four games in five nights while another nameless league refuses to cut down a meaningless preseason and continues to move more and more games off of Sundays, robbing players of valuable recovery time.
The NBA has also instituted a concussion protocol and seems to take these things seriously, unlike a certain sport’s commissioner who has tried to downplay the seriousness of concussions in hockey. Point being the NBA seems like it’s in a good spot in terms of player health and safety.
And yet there’s one extremely interesting case down in Miami. One with huge ramifications that doesn’t seem to have a precedent set.
Chris Bosh is a hooper. So it was said, so it shall be.
I know he didn’t mean it like The Hoopers from the commercial but I’d totally buy him as a cool uncle in the next batch of ads. But I digress.
Bosh has had a pretty interesting ride, all things considered. He was a top pick in Toronto and sort of took the torch from Vince Carter as the franchise cornerstone. He toiled away in relative obscurity and was undoubtedly either the best or second best Raptor of all time before leaving in free agency.
Even when he arrived in Miami he was mocked as the gofer for LeBron and Dwyane Wade – the lackey for the ‘real’ superstars. Bosh grew into the spotlight with time as it became impossible to deny how integral he was to Miami’s performance.
LeBron was LeBron, of course, but there are plenty of arguments to be made that CB was the straw that stirred the drink. His ability to step out and defend allowed Miami’s aggressive pick blitzing strategy to work where lesser defenders would’ve sunk the ship. He functioned as a handy offensive player and worked on his outside shooting until he emerged as the stretchy big man we know him to be.
Along the way he’s gone back and forth from go-to guy to perfect complementary piece depending on what’s needed. Chris Bosh has had a pretty tremendous run.
His future is looking hazy thanks to blood clots. Blood clots are obviously no joke, as evidenced by all of the talk about Bosh’s status this summer.
It’s going to be insanely tough to find team doctors who will clear a player who has to play on blood thinners. It’s going to be just as tough to avoid the blood thinners with the persistent clotting issues.
Bosh was upset at the team’s kid gloves; he felt that he was good to go whereas doctors wouldn’t clear him for action. Not being able to take the court when you feel fine is undoubtedly a frustrating sensation, but keeping him out until he’s 100% in the clear is the right call every time.
Team owner Mickey Arison recently tweeted that he’s looking forward to seeing Bosh at training camp while Pat Riley has been decidedly less transparent about the situation.
There are those who think that the Heat would like if Bosh just retired. It’d spare them the uncomfortable decision of keeping Bosh on the sideline while also allowing them to take his contract off their cap sheet. That’s both deeply cynical and unfair to an organization that is generally well-regarded around the league.
The best outcome for everyone is for Bosh to get healthy and get back to being his usual self on the floor. That saves headaches for everyone. It just doesn’t look like that will happen in Miami without some major headaches.
There’s a veneer of optimism, especially from Bosh and Arison, but until we get some official word it seems like this has the potential to get nasty as the clock ticks. There are milestone dates that will affect Bosh’s cap hit as well as insurance payouts that could give the Heat a break.
Regardless, the odds are stacked that one party leaves the impending standoff unhappy. Bosh’s contract could be wiped from the cap thanks to ‘medical retirement’ if he plays in fewer than 10 games. If he does get cleared, a major hurdle in its own right, and experiences another setback? It’s surely the end of his NBA career and it paints the Heat as greedy and reckless.
Again, the Heat would absolutely love to have Bosh back. They’re also looking at Bosh’s long-term health and their own liability in the case of something catastrophic.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this shakes out. The NBA, the Heat and Bosh are looking down the barrel of a unique situation. Hopefully the precedent established here isn’t one that gets dusted off too many times in the future, but time is running out to get some resolution. The future grows increasingly murky with each passing day.
We might be on the precipice of a significant event in league history as it pertains to player health and safety. Unfortunately for Chris Bosh, that might come at his expense.
January 21, 2020, 10:18 pmPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley will not return to Monday's game against the Mavs due to a sore right groin.
Beverley's night ends with nine points (3-of-5 shooting), four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 15 minutes. When Beverley missed time recently, the Clippers filled his role with a combination of players, including Derrick Walton Jr. If Beverley misses more time, Paul George will likely be back to pick up some ball-handling slack, as well.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 10:05 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell (right Achilles injury) is expected to have suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon.
That was the worry right away after the non-contact injury occurred. The Mavs will miss Powell. Look for Maxi Kleber and possibly Boban Marjanovic to pick up some of the slack. But, this will most likely have an effect on all of the rotation, even down to the guards.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 9:24 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell (right Achilles injury) will not return to Monday's game against the Clippers.
This could be a big blow to the Mavericks, depending on the severity of the injury. Fortunately for them, Kristaps Porzingis returned tonight. Maxi Kleber should pick up some extra minutes while Powell is out, and Boban Marjanovic should also see a bit more time.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 9:14 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell had to be helped to the locker room after suffering a non-contact lower right leg injury.
It looks like Powell's night is done after gathering just one point, three rebounds and one assist in nine minutes. This could be very serious, so prepare for the worst if you currently count on Powell. Though, his impact was likely to be lessened with the return of Kristaps Porzingis.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 8:42 pmMason PlumleeC, Denver Nuggets
Mason Plumlee (right cuboid) has been ruled out for Wednesday's tilt against the Rockets.
Plumlee's absence stings as the Nuggets are already without Paul Millsap (left knee contusion). This means Jerami Grant will see all the frontcourt minutes he can handle, making him an attractive DFS play.
January 21, 2020, 8:39 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray is still not over his left ankle sprain and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game.
Murray was looking at a multiple-game absence with his injury, so the report is simply in-line with those projections. He's worth a hold as a top-50 value player when healthy.
January 21, 2020, 8:37 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap (left knee contusion) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.
With Millsap still unable to take to the court, we should see Jerami Grant and even more Michael Porter Jr., both of whom are worth owning in standard leagues while Millsap is out.
January 21, 2020, 8:35 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right adductor strain) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.
Harris can be dropped in standard leagues, but keep him on your watch lists in case he finds his way back to Healthy Land. For now, find productive warm bodies to get you those wins.
January 21, 2020, 8:28 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Johnson (right quad contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.
Johnson is not worth a hold right now. He can be streamed for his 3s once he's healthy and active again.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 8:21 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes will miss Wednesday's game as he continues to recover from left hip soreness.
Baynes is a drop in 16-team leagues or shallower now. His reduced minutes and recent injury has made him expendable for fantasy teams in the hunt for Ws.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter