Late Friday night, in light of the news of his failed physical with the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh released a statement to his fans on social media.
In it, he hinted that despite the setback and recurrence of clotting in his body, that he was in no way considering retirement yet. In fact, he sounded like a man that wouldn't give up his fight just yet.
"What's going on everybody?" Bosh said before providing a short preview of Episode 2 of his self-directed documentary Rebuilt.
"I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 with Uninterrupted, Bosh Rebuilt today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," he continued. "Unfortunately, that is not the case. But that does not stop me from trying to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along in the journey with me. Just because the journey has ups and downs doesn't means I will stop sharing with you guys. I will just continue to share despite what's going on.
"Little setbacks happen, but that doesn't change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs. So, it's a down moment right now. But everything is going to be alright."
On Saturday afternoon, Bosh released Episode 2 of Rebuilt.
"Sometimes you just have to be broken down to rebuild yourself and come back better than ever," Bosh began saying in the clip. "We began to do our own research. We began to find articles. We began to find papers. We began to find other doctors who were not only forward thinking, but were specialists who could help and have dealt with athletes before. So, we decided to get smarter and just really hit the ground and just dig out as many clues as possible and we were able to find a few gems.
"The doctors I work with [say] its more so a matter of procedure. They have the formula. They take the blood. They study it. On blood thinners, off blood thinners. They get all the data possible to put their formula into it and customize it for me. It's not like I'm the first guy ever to do this. This is no experimental drug. This is a drug that people are very familiar with and numerous amounts of athletes have done this before me, which they some have been playing for years. So, it's not a matter of if I'm going to play again -- it's when.
"I'm in the gym everyday. I'm taking care of my body every day. That gives me the confidence to know that I can go out there and do my job. I'm one of the best players in the league. Whether I've been in the hospital or been in different situations it doesn't matter. I can still play the game."
Bosh of course recorded these clips weeks ago -- before he knew he had failed the physical and there was recurrence of clotting in his lung.
"If I felt that my husband's life and health was at risk -- we're a family of five children," Bosh's wife, Adrienne, said in the clip. "I wouldn't have been in agreement with my husband going onto a court if I didn't feel it was OK or thought that he was safe. There's nobody more concerned with our family's well being and leading our family and being here for me and being for our kids than him."
The episode ends with the announcement of Bosh not being cleared by the Heat to return to the court.
Bosh then provides the following audio clip.
"I've done what I need to do. I've educated myself enough to know sometimes you just have to take things into your own hands," he said. "And, that's one of the messages I would implore all the young guys -- especially in sports out there -- is that you can take control of your own situation. If you feel that you need to put yourself in the best position possible to succeed, whatever that means, you need to make certain moves to do it, you can do it. If I don't get cleared, that's what I'll do."
It's unclear if Bosh will definitely fight the Heat on this matter moving forward. All we know for sure is he hasn't been cleared by the team and his career with the Heat is likely over. Miami can release him after Feb. 9, the anniversary of his last game, and then the remaining portion of his salary that would count against the salary cap would be wiped off the books.
That's of course if Bosh doesn't sign with another team and play in at least 25 games. After that point, his salary would go back against the Heat's cap.
If you would like to see Episode 2 of Rebuilt go to the Uninterrupted.