Bosh hoping for NBA return: 'It's still on my mind'

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A life-threatening blood clot issue has sidelined Chris Bosh since February 2016, but the star forward remains motivated to return.

"Yeah, it's still on my mind," Bosh said recently, according to Yahoo Sports' Ben Rohrback.

"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."

Bosh first struggled with blood clots in 2015 when he was forced out of the All-Star game, and missed the remaining 30 games of the season. He returned the following year, but the disorder came back before the 2016 All-Star Weekend, forcing Bosh to sit out the final 29 games and the Miami Heat's playoff run.

The Heat filed for a provision to clear Bosh's remaining $52-million contract off their books, ending his six-season tenure in South Beach.

Bosh, an 11-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, is a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame if his career is over. He provided the prototype for the modern floor-spacing big man and did it while anchoring the back end on defense.

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