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Former Miami Heat All-Star Chris Bosh says NBA return is 'still on my mind'

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Chris Bosh hasn't given up on his dream of playing in the NBA again, although he knows his time is running out.

"Yeah, it's still on my mind," Bosh said in an interview with Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports this week. "Obviously, if it doesn't happen by February, I'm not stupid, but yeah, I'm still looking forward to that. I'm still trying to overcome that hump and trying to get something going. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I know I can still play some ball and be a 3-and-D guy for somebody out there."

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Bosh last played in 2015-16, when he averaged 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on a Miami Heat team that was in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. He was named an All-Star for the 11th time in his career, but he was unable to participate in the weekend's 3-point contest and game because of a "strained calf." He didn't play again that season and was eventually ruled out for the playoffs when it was discovered he had a blood clot in his leg.

Bosh's 2014-15 season similar was cut short for similar - he was shut down for the remainder of the year when doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung. Bosh later revealed in a podcast with The Ringer's Bill Simmons that it was a "life threatening [issue] in the moment."

Bosh told Yahoo Sports that he "absolutely" understands the concerns NBA teams might have with his health, but he believes he can still play without risk.

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Before he played for the Heat, Bosh was a member of the Toronto Raptors. He spent seven seasons with the franchise, posting averages of 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He was Toronto's all-time leading scorer before DeMar DeRozan surpassed him in 2016-17.

Bosh will celebrate his 35th birthday on March 24, 2019.

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