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Heat's Bosh hopes to return this season

Blood clot has kept Bosh off court since All-Star break

Heat All-Star Chris Bosh
Heat All-Star Chris Bosh

MIAMI – The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh remains hopeful that he'll return to the basketball court this season.

In a statement to Sports Illustrated, Bosh responded to his current health regarding a blood clot in his leg that has kept him out of action since the All-Star break.

"I know there have been many questions regarding my health and when I will play again," Bosh told SI. "My situation has never been life threatening."

The longtime Heat veteran added that he does not have deep vein thrombosis.

Bosh set no timetable for his return, but left the door open for a return sometime this season.

"I will continue to support my teammates in every way possible," Bosh said.  "I remain positive that I will be able to return this season."

The 11-time All-Star says that he is working out with the Heat, watching game film and attending home games.

A return to the court would be welcome news to the Heat who are currently seeded fourth in the NBA's Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining on the schedule.

Bosh missed the second half of the 2014-15 season after a blood clot was discovered on his lung.

"Together with the Miami Heat, I am working with doctors, exploring the best precautionary treatment options and taking every necessary step to make sure I am healthy for myself, my family and my team."