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Stuck in Standoff over Chris Bosh’s Future, NBA to Create New Medical Panels
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Stuck in Standoff over Chris Bosh’s Future, NBA to Create New Medical Panels

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A steady September rain pelted Biscayne Bay on the afternoon Chris Bosh grabbed a film crew and broadcast his plight to the world.

He was angry, confused, determined.

“You always have to fight for the things you really want to do and the things that you love,” Bosh told the camera, as part of an UNINTERRUPTED series. “So when does that stop?”

The 32-year-old Bosh had just been barred from playing basketball, his chosen profession, by his employer, the Miami Heat. The cause: a failed physical examination.

Though the Heat announced no details, the reasons were understood. Bosh is a two-time survivor of blood clots, living on a full-time regimen of blood thinners—making him an extreme health risk in the judgment of team doctors.

A blood clot can kill you. Playing contact sports while on blood thinners is dangerous.

So the Heat shut down their best player, and Bosh slipped into an uncomfortable limbo: under contract but unable to play.

Three months have passed, and little has changed.

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