Chris Bosh is expected to miss at least the next four games for the Miami Heat according to Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said that injury that Bosh suffered on January 15 against the Chicago Bulls is a high ankle sprain. The injury occurred when Bulls’ center, Omer Asik, was diving for a loose ball and rolled up on Bosh’s ankle.
The injury prompted Bosh to issue a string of statements exuding masculinity and his will to play through any injury for the sake of the team. One gets a sense that he likens the hardwood to the gridiron. This is what he said:
C’mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen.
You’ve got to watch people’s legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job.
We all want to be healthy and that is very important. If it is by somebody’s leg, don’t dive for the ball, it’s too close.
It could’ve been a lot worse so I consider myself lucky. The damage is mild, so I’ll just do the proper treatment and what the doctors tell me to do. I couldn’t push off of it. In situations like that you have to keep the big picture in mind.
Bosh has already missed Miami’s previous two contests, a loss to Atlanta and a trouncing of Toronto. Spoelstra has said that Bosh will not be available to play until he gets a full practice session under his belt. The Heat will go through a full practice on Wednesday but will not have another one until February 2. Until that time, Bosh will continue to undergo treatment to get him back to full strength.
According to Spoelstra, Bosh “has to be able to run. He has to be able to move side to side and he has to be able to do all the basketball movements without thinking about it. So that is a subjective feel to the player. Until he gets to that point, where he’s really going full speed, non-contact, we won’t be able to make a real judgment on when he can come back.”
Meanwhile, in the bitter cold in Toronto, Bryan Colangelo is sitting at his desk with a smirk on his face nodding to himself silently. It may be a new city and a new team, but it is the same Bosh.