Thrilled that the blood clots found on his lungs are gone, the Nets' Mirza Teletovic opted to take a few moments Monday night to extend a hand in the direction of Heat star Chris Bosh.
"I really want to use this opportunity to reach out to Chris Bosh and tell him he doesn't have to worry,'' Teletovic said in his first extended chat with the media since he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus -- or multiple blood clots -- in the lungs Jan. 23, the same situation Bosh is dealing with. "He's going to get better and he's going to start working out pretty soon.''
Teletovic said he's been doing just that now that tests show his lungs are free of clots, something he said the doctors are about "80 percent'' certain he developed from a hip pointer he suffered against the Cavaliers on Dec. 8.
He said he started working out three weeks ago and has been doing everything -- running, jumping, dunking -- except contact. That will happen once he's off blood thinners in July. He fully expects to play basketball next season, which excites him, given the severity of the situation initially.
"I didn't know what it was in the beginning and how serious this was,'' Teletovic said. "[Nets trainer Tim Walsh] told me it's very serious and I had to go back to the hospital . . . It's very important it got discovered and it didn't go further.''
Teletovic, 29, is in the final season of a three-year, $9.7-million contract he signed in 2012, and the Nets have the option of extending a qualifying offer of roughly $4.2 million for 2015-16. If it's up to him, he'll be back.
"Definitely. I love the Nets,'' Teletovic said. "They were my first choice coming to the NBA. I love the team. They have a lot of respectful people who work within the Nets' organization. Love the teammates, love the city, the fans are unbelievable. I think Brooklyn has one of the best fan bases in the NBA . . . I hope I stay.''