It was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming of sorts for Chris Bosh, a year after battling blood clots on his lungs, to not only return to playing basketball at a high level but to able to play the All-Star game back in Toronto where he played for the Raptors.
But instead Bosh will be unable to play because of a strained calf. Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford will instead take his place in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum will fill the vacant spot at the 2016 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Air Canada Centre.
"I am honored to be selected to participate in the All-Star Weekend festivities, and will still be here to support my fellow East All-Stars," said Bosh in a team statement. "But I will also use this weekend to try to heal and focus on the second half of the HEAT season."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver chose the replacement players and made the announcement on Friday.