After seven years with the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and the franchise from Florida will part their ways.
On 4th of July, one of the legends of this game probably finished his career because of the health issues.
His blood clot problems prevented him from becoming even the greater player, but anyway Chris Bosh certainly marked one part of the NBA history.
The 4th overall pick in 2003 NBA draft, was selected by the Toronto Raptors. Immediately he became one of the leading players in the league and one of its major stars. After playing seven years in Canada, in the summer of 2010, he decided to join Miami hits along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and create a fantastic team, which dominated throughout the years.
In 2012 and 2013 Bosh won the NBA championship, and he was selected to be the NBA All-Star on 11 occasions during the career.
In 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Bosh was a regular member of the USA national team which won the gold medal. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebound through his career in NBA.
In the 7th game of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals, despite picking up the injury during the playoffs, he was the decisive factor. 19 points off the bench which Bosh scored, pushed the Heat towards their second finals in history. Also, one year later in the finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Chris Bosh was the guy who grabbed the offensive rebound and passed over to Ray Allen who made the famous three-pointer, which later made it possible for Miami to win the second consecutive championship.
The fans do not forget these little things which turned out to be the crucial ones.
But he was more than this; he was more than just the numbers.
The player who was suggested to quit basketball because of his health issues didn’t want to make peace with this decision, and he tried on several occasions to come back and play a few more games for the Heat. Unfortunately, the numerous setbacks didn’t allow this to happen.
It is a pity that we could not see more from this fantastic player and person. Miami Heat president Pat Riley said that Bosh was the individual who brought humanity and smile among the Heat and who changed the lives of all the members of that organization.
“Chris changed his life and basketball career when he came to Miami,” Riley said. “And he changed our lives for the better, in a way we never would have imagined, when he joined the Miami Heat. We will forever be indebted to CB for how he changed this team and led us to four trips to the NBA Finals and two NBA championships.”
This statement shows the greatness of the kid from Dallas whose only dream was to play basketball. Sadly, this dream was interrupted too early. We can just imagine what could he do in the years to come, and the ones which he missed because of his health.
CB, the quiet legend.