MIAMI - Chris Bosh was back around the Miami Heat on Monday night.
"Back where I belong," Bosh said.
And with that, his recovery from a condition that could have ended his career -- or life -- keeps moving along.
In another encouraging step, the Heat said that Bosh is scheduled to resume "full basketball activities" in September, which would indicate that he expects to be able to play when training camp for the 2015-16 season starts. Bosh will be evaluated later this month and if cleared, "may begin regular exercise with plans to start strength training next month," the team said.
The Heat released the statement from team thoracic surgeon John DeRosimo and team cardiologist Ed Neff.
"I knew I was going to play basketball again," Bosh said during a brief news conference, his first public comments since he was diagnosed with blood clots on one of his lungs last month -- a condition that the 10-time All-Star estimates he played with for about three weeks before finding out why he was in such pain.
It was all part of a very hectic Monday for Bosh: Earlier in the day, 35 Heat employees arrived via bus at his house and surprised him by dropping off 10,000 get-well cards. Bosh was in the driveway, basking in the sun and beaming as he held one of the many overstuffed boxes.
He's been able to do some walking and is now taking short drives, but nothing taxing.
"I'm doing a lot better," Bosh said.
His last game with the Heat this season was Feb. 11, just before the start of the All-Star break. Bosh was dealing with pain in his side and back but went to All-Star weekend in New York anyway -- teaming with Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash to win the Shooting Stars competition at the league's midseason showcase for the third straight year.
After All-Star, he went on vacation to Haiti for a few days, the pain intensified and eventually Bosh went to the hospital to get checked out.
Before long, the scare was real to many people. To him, somehow, it wasn't.
"I don't know why," Bosh said. "It just didn't come as a scary thing at the time."
After about a week in the hospital, Bosh could finally go home and has been following Miami's playoff drive rather intently ever since.
"He sends me texts during the game, things like 'Shoot the ball, 3'" Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "He knows I don't see them until after. But it makes him feel better."
Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, visited with Bosh and his wife Adrienne after Saturday's Heat win over Sacramento game, catching up over red wine and conversation. Wade hadn't seen Bosh in several days because of the Heat schedule and felt much better about how his friend is coming along when the night was over.
Wade said Bosh has been inspiring even in his absence.
The Heat are a banged-up team right now, with about half the roster dealing with legitimate injuries. Wade's one of them, and when his sore hip has acted up in recent days he said he's talked his way through it in part by reminding himself that Bosh is going through something much more serious.
"We've talked about how blessed and how fortunate, how privileged we are, to be involved in this game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "For the guys who are able to compete out there, even if you don't feel 100 percent, it's an incredible honor. And CB would do just about anything to be out there right now. It's very frustrating for him, but it gives great perspective."