NBA.com Writer: The Union Has Zero Leverage In Bosh Case

Chris Bosh, who has missed action due to blood clots this season and last, has not played in an NBA game since February 9. He wants to play, but the Miami Heat, who fear for Bosh’s health, aren’t allowing it. Now the NBA players union is involved and wants to do anything it can to get Bosh, an 11-time All-Star, back on the court.

Good luck with that.

“The union has zero leverage,” NBA.com writer Shaun Powell said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “(The Heat are) still paying him. Basically you can look at it as a coach’s decision. They’re just not playing him. So really, I don’t see how the union can come in, intervene and make this so-called right. It’s the Heat’s right to play the guy or not.”

Bosh, 32, averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games this season. The Heat would of course love to have that production in the playoffs, but it appears they’re prioritizing Bosh the person over Bosh the athlete.

“It’s a weird situation because I can’t recall any situation like this where the player wanted to play – even at potential risk of his health – and his wife even wants him to play,” Powell said. “You would think if there’s anybody who’s going to be overly protective it would be his wife, but she retweeted something about (Miami missing Chris Bosh). I’m going to take that as she’s on board with him playing.

“But look, I think Miami is probably doing the right thing,” Powell continued. “They just want to make sure that they get the green light from people who are qualified to give him the green light. Until then, they’re going to proceed cautiously.”

The Heat, for what it’s worth, might not need Bosh on the court just yet. They beat the Raptors in Toronto, 102-96 in overtime, on Tuesday to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Four Miami starters scored in double figures, including Dwyane Wade, who scored 24, and Goran Dragic, who scored a game-high 26.

“This is a team that is a couple years removed from the Big Three,” Powell said. “One year LeBron is gone, now Chris Bosh is gone, and there’s one left (Wade) – and he’s playing pretty doggone good right now. I would give Miami a pretty good shot at taking this series. I said that even before the series began. I think there’s probably a part of Toronto that just really wanted to get beyond the first round, and anything after that is gravy.”

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