Chris Bosh’s NBA career ended suddenly and unfairly, but he has finally come to terms with life after basketball.
During an Instagram Live broadcast this week, the former Miami Heat star said that he no longer has any thoughts about a potential comeback.
“Basketball, man, I did it,” said Bosh, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I have fully expressed myself in the art.”
The 36-year-old added that he worked out as recently as a year ago with then-Heat assistant Juwan Howard, only for his knee to swell up the very next day.
Bosh, who made 11 career All-Star teams and was an indispensable part of Miami’s back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013, had to retire early due to continued issues with blood clotting. He last played in Feb. 2016 but was still holding out hope for a comeback in more recent years. Bosh did officially retire last year though and got his No. 1 jersey retired by the Heat.
It is hard to blame Bosh given how abruptly basketball was taken away from him and how well his game would have suited the modern era of floor spacing and downsizing. Bosh has since moved on to other pursuits however and seems to have made the transition to his post-playing career very nicely.
One of the most recognizable photos from the Miami Heat’s “Big Three” era does not include all of the members of the Big Three, but Chris Bosh has managed to straighten that out.
On Friday, the NBA on TNT tweeted a reminder that it has been exactly nine years since the famous photo was taken of Dwyane Wade showing off to the crowd while LeBron James was still in the middle of throwing down a thunderous dunk. Bosh is apparently jealous that he wasn’t a part of the big moment, so he figured out a way to change history.
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) December 6, 2019
What makes that so perfect is that the Heat were masters of the videobomb when the Big Three were playing together, and Bosh was the ringleader of that. They came up with some truly incredible ways to mess with each other, so it’s nice to see Bosh is keeping it going years later.
There are plenty of photos of Bosh, James and Wade together from when they won their NBA titles. Thanks to Bosh, we now have one more.
It’s safe to say that Chris Bosh is pulling for the Toronto Raptors on a number of different fronts in this year’s NBA Finals.
The retired 11-time All-Star was on TSN Sports ahead of Thursday’s Game 1 and had some funny trash talk for Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Bosh shared a funny story about how Kerr, who is going for a third straight championship, told him that he was not going to three-peat when he was a member of the Miami Heat. The 34-year-old then looked straight into the camera and said, “You’re not gonna do it either, Steve!”
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) May 30, 2019
Bosh and the Heat “only” managed to win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 before losing in the Finals to San Antonio in 2014. Of course, Bosh was also drafted by Toronto back in 2003 and played the first seven seasons of his career there.
While Bosh did hit a rough patch with the Raptors faithful after leaving to sign with the Heat in 2010, it’s obvious that they are back on the same side again as Toronto looks to capture its first NBA title at the expense of Kerr’s Warriors.
Chris Bosh is now the fourth player in Miami Heat history to have his jersey retired by the franchise.
The Heat bestowed the ultimate honor on Bosh by raising his No. 1 jersey to the rafters of American Airlines Arena during a special ceremony on Tuesday.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 27, 2019
The team also created a tribute video showing some of Bosh’s memorable moments with the organization.
We honor and celebrate your Miami HEAT career, @chrisbosh!
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 27, 2019
Bosh spent six seasons in Miami and was part of two championship winning teams. He ranks fifth in franchise history in points (6,914), seventh in rebounds (2,816), and seventh in blocks (332). He remains active in helping the team’s players.
Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning are the other Heat players to have their jerseys retired by the team. Dwyane Wade’s day should come soon after his retirement at the end of the season.
The Miami Heat are now getting some tips from a familiar (and beloved) face.
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that former Heat All-Star Chris Bosh was working with the team’s players on the practice court over the weekend.
Chris Bosh spent time working with Heat players on the practice court Saturday.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 29, 2018
The 34-year-old Bosh was also in attendance for both of the team’s home games this weekend and was in the locker room offering pointers following Miami’s loss to Minnesota on Sunday, per Five Reasons Sports Network.
Chris Bosh walling through the Heat locker room giving tips to players
— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) December 31, 2018
Bosh, a six-time All-Star selection and two-time champion in his six seasons with Miami, has not played in nearly three years due to a blood-clotting issue. The Heat still figure to feel like home for him though, especially since there remain seven players on the current roster (Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside, and Justise Winslow) who were teammates with Bosh.
There does still appear to be hope from Bosh that he can somehow return to the NBA, but keeping close to the action as a quasi-assistant for his former team has to be the next best thing.
Chris Bosh has been wrapped up in a legal war with his mother over a home she had been living in that he owns, and a judge has reportedly ruled in the NBA star’s favor after his mother sued him.
Earlier this year, Bosh’s mother Freida filed a lawsuit claiming Chris promised to take care of her and allow her to live in the Desoto home for the remainder of her life. Freida says Chris had her sign documents in 2005 related to the deed of the home, and she believed at the time that she was signing papers related to her divorce from Chris’ father, Noel, to transfer the house to her name. Instead, she says the documents transferred the house to Chris’s name only.
Freida was suing to stop Chris from evicting her, and court documents obtained by The Blast show that a judge sided with Chris in his decision. The judge dismissed the case after hearing arguments from both sides, meaning Freida will have to cover all court costs and Chris can proceed with the eviction.
The drama between Bosh and his mother came to light last year when Freida was accused of running a drug operation out of the Texas home. She claimed Chris was trying to have her evicted from the home before that and that she took on short-term tenants to help pay for legal bills to fight the eviction. Freida blamed one of the tenants for creating the drug issues.
LeBron James is going to have several teams to choose from in free agency this summer, and one person who knows him better than most has a bold prediction about where the three-time NBA champion will end up.
In an appearance on Colin Cowherd’s FS1 show Thursday, Chris Bosh predicted that LeBron will sign with the Houston Rockets this summer.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 7, 2018
“I would guess that he’ll go to Houston,” Bosh said. “It’s like the next Avengers movie — Golden State with 100 superheroes and then Houston with 100 superheroes and they fight. That’s just what it’s coming down to. … I think with the dynamic that Houston has, you could argue that they could have taken Golden State down this year.
“I think it’s gonna be one of those things kind of like what Golden State did. (Kevin Durant) went there and they teamed up, and it’s kind of like, ‘OK, beat this.’ Now I think it’s on another organization to give that same narrative.”
Bosh played with James for several seasons with the Miami Heat and won two championships with him, so you could say his opinion holds weight. Still, the biggest argument against LeBron going to the Western Conference is that the road to the NBA Finals would be much more difficult. Then again, he’d probably have to beat the Warriors at some point anyway in order to win a title, so why not get it out of the way a round or two sooner?
No one really knows if LeBron has narrowed down his decision yet, and there have been some truly wild theories about where he might end up. It’s tough to imagine him, James Harden and Chris Paul being able to share the ball enough, but perhaps Mike D’Antoni could find a way to make it work.