The New York Times reports that the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh is expected to play in game 3 of the Heat's series against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Thursday.
Bosh flew to New York with his teammates Wednesday evening only to find out his wife, Adrienne, had gone into labor, ESPN reports. Bosh chartered a private plane back to Miami. Adrienne gave birth to a baby boy, who the couple named Jackson, at 3 am Thursday.
"We knew it was a possibility," Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. Little Bosh was coming any day."
While Bosh's teammates expect him to play Thursday, the official word from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is that Bosh is a "game time decision," Yahoo Sports reports.
According to The New York Times, Bosh is not the first member of the Heat roster to become a father during the playoffs. Mike Miller's daughter, Jaelyn, was born during last year's Eastern Conference finals against the Bulls and LeBron James' son, Maximus, was born during the 2007 NBA finals where James' Cavaliers lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
"Most of them played pretty well," Wade said, referring to teammates who have played shortly after becoming fathers. "They play with a light heart, a smile on their face a little bit."
On Chris Bosh playing for game 3, Wade commented: "He can thank Little Bosh for that, for coming back so fast, for coming this morning, and for giving him an opportunity to come back."
LeBron James also weighed in on Bosh playing Thursday.
"This is a great way to get away from it, to come back and play the game of basketball," James said. "To get away from the kid and get away from everything that's going on with that. I mean that's what I did, I got away from my family and I was able to play in the FInals,,,I would be he'd be there. This is a huge game."