It’s still quite sad that the illustrious career of Chris Bosh was cut short due to a blood clot condition. He was still at the peak of his success, just a few seasons removed from winning two titles with the Miami Heat when he was forced to walk away from the game.
Bosh was an integral part of those Heat teams, serving as the third option behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Even though he was the main man for the Toronto Raptors, the 11-time All-Star still chose to leave and take a pay cut in South Beach.
In a recent interview on SiriusXM Radio, Bosh opened up about his decision to part ways with the Raptors, who drafted him fourth overall in 2003 (via Fadeaway World).
“One message in particular stuck out in my head saying, ‘You want to play on the big stage.’ That always stuck with me. I wanted to compete for a championship. I wanted to be like Jordan. I wanted to be like Kobe. I wanted to be like Tim Duncan. Those guys elevated their game and got with the Boston (Celtics), and now they’re playing at that level. I wanted to play at that level. That was the most important thing to me.”
Bosh, of course, was pertaining to Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen who joined Paul Pierce and they all earned a title with the Celtics in 2008. They were the crew Bosh and the Heat had to dethrone in the Eastern Conference en route to winning two rings.
Despite his premature exit, Chris Bosh will always have his legacy. On Saturday, at 37 years old, he will officially be one of the five youngest NBA inductees into the Hall of the Fame.