This Saturday is the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Enshrinement, a huge moment for all basketball fans worldwide. One of my favorite players of all time, Chris Bosh, is going to officially be a Hall of Famer. Let’s take a look back at Bosh’s Hall of Fame career:
What A Draft Class
Let’s go back to 2003, where that draft has been well documented with Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade. Bosh, out of Georgia Tech, was a known commodity but got overshadowed by Darko Milicic, who was gaining ground on being the best big man in the draft. James went first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milicic went second overall to the Detroit Pistons, and it was a bad fit from the start with Milicic and Detroit.
The Denver Nuggets selected Carmelo Anthony. Next up was the Toronto Raptors, with the fourth pick where they selected Chis Bosh. Vince Carter and Bosh were a nice way to get your franchise back on track.
Air Canada Wants Out
One of many mistakes in the very short-lived Carter and Bosh era was the 2004 draft where Toronto selected Rafael Araujo with the eighth overall pick when Andre Iguodala was still on the board. That same year, Carter had grown frustrated with Toronto’s front office. Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets.
New Face Of The Franchise
Bosh was officially the face of the franchise. Bosh was a double-double machine in Toronto. In 2006, Toronto had the first pick and selected Andrea Bargnani when LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy were available.
Bosh was selected for his first All-Star game. Another All-Star selection in 2007 for Bosh. With that, Bosh lead Toronto to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Sadly, Toronto lost to New Jersey in six games.
The last couple of years for Bosh in Toronto were a struggle for everyone involved. Bosh, again, made the All-Star games from 2007-2010. But, the rest of the team couldn’t do their part. In 2008, Toronto went against the Orlando Magic and lost in five games.
Due to Dwight Howard killing Toronto inside, Toronto made a move for Jermain O’Neal. That move didn’t matter though; Toronto struggled out of the gate. O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Shawn Marion. Again, it did not matter what Toronto.
Time To Leave Toronto?
Bosh’s last season with Toronto had some highs with drafting DeMer DeRozen, but DeRozen was too raw to really help out Bosh. The first half of the season for Toronto wasn’t bad, after the all-star break, Toronto was the fifth seed.
In the second half of the season, Toronto and the Chicago Bulls were fighting for the eighth seed. In the last game of the year, they played for each other for the final spot, Bosh sat out that game due to an injury. Toronto lost the game, and the Bosh era was over with.
The Big Three Era
We all know about the Summer of 2010; it will go down as the biggest free-agent class in NBA history. Miami did the unthinkable, signing Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Everyone but Miami fans was happy; players have never done this before in free agency, teaming up together.
It was a rocky start for Miami; Miami was 9-8 and everyone in the world was so happy that this team started slow. But, Miami got it together. Miami ran through the playoffs winning every series in five games.
Bosh had his lumps in the playoffs but showed he was built for big playoff moments. I remember Bosh’s tip-in game four in Boston in OT to help get the win.
Miami got to the NBA finals and surprisingly lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Wade and Bosh played well. We all know James struggled in the finals that year. After game six, Bosh was shown crying walking back to the locker room.
People in the media called him ” soft” for that, but that was the moment when Bosh become one of my favorite players. To me, it showed how much he cared and how much not winning hurt him.
Back And Ready
That next year, Miami had a great regular season, being the second seed again. Miami took care of business in the first round beating the New York Knicks in five games. In Game One versus the Indiana Pacers, Bosh went down with a lower abdominal strain that forced him to miss the rest of the series. Miami won a tough series over Indiana in six games.
Those annoying Boston Celtics were back waiting for Miami. With Bosh still hurt, Miami was tied 2-2 with Boston. In Game Six in Boston, many thought the “Big 3 ” era was going to be traded if they lost and the fall guy would be Bosh.
Wrong; James came out as I have never seen him before scoring 45 points and 15 rebounds. Bosh, who wasn’t known as a three-point shooter during that time, hit three threes for Miami. He hit two big threes for Miami in the quarter. Miami won, and moved on to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Chris Bosh Is A Champion
Miami beats Oklahoma City in five games; this was Bosh and James’ first championship. That next year, Miami had a 27 game winning streak and went 66-16, giving them the best record in the league. Miami took care of business in the first two rounds. The Eastern Conference was hard for Miami, going against Indiana again; Miami won in seven games.
Miami Goes Back-To-Back
That’s right, Miami goes back to the finals for the third time in a row, going against the San Antonio Spurs. Miami was down 3-2 in the series, going back to Miami. Costly turnovers for Miami made it seem that Miami’s back-to-back rings were not in the cards.
Miami was down three points with 19.4 seconds left. James misses a three, Bosh gets the biggest rebound in NBA history and finds Ray Allen in the corner for three; it was a tie game that leads to overtime. Bosh had two huge blocks in OT; one on Tony Parker and the other on Danny Green to win Miami the game to force a Game Seven.
Bosh scored zero points in Game Seven but had 15 rebounds. Miami won back-to-back titles.
The next year, Miami was trying to go for the famous three-peat, but Miami came up short, losing to San Antonio in five games. Miami looked old; that Summer, James went back to Cleveland. Bosh and Wade had the guts to return to Miami.
Now We Play The What “If” Game
Miami made moves during the 2015 deadline to acquire Goran Dragic to compete with Cleveland. Just when Miami thought they had a chance, it was reported that Bosh would miss the rest of the season with Blood Clots. With Bosh getting back to the court next season for Miami, Miami looks to be a threat to give Cleveland.
Bosh was selected to the All-Star game for the eleventh straight time. Bosh was supposed to be in the three-point shoot-out during All-star weekend; but, he had to miss the contest and sat the All-star game due to blood clots coming back again.
Bosh had to retire.
In today’s NBA, Bosh’s game would of translate beautifully. A big who can guard out on the perimeter can stretch the floor as well. Not many centers in today’s game could match Bosh as a five. Moreover, people forget Bosh had a great face-up game as well and was deadly from mid-range. It really is a shame that Bosh had Blood Clots. When Miami got Dragic at the deadline, those Miami teams really would give Cleveland a run of their money
Hall Of Fame
Miami doesn’t win those back-to-back championships with Bosh’s ability to stretch the floor or him guarding around the perimeter. Bosh was the third wheel for Miami; people forget that in Toronto, Bosh was a face-up player with a post-game. In Miami, Bosh was a catch-and-shoot player. Bosh had a lot of big playoff games for Miami; these are memory’s that I will always remember.
Bosh’s career got cut short; I’m sure he has a lot of what “if” for the second half of his career. Being a two-time champion, eleven-time all-star, and now a Hall of Famer helps him forget a little bit. Chris Bosh, welcome to the Hall of Fame; you deserver it. From all of Heat Nation, thank you for everything.