The long, drawn-out saga between Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat is finally over. For good, this time. The two-time NBA champion (as part of Miami’s Big Three) has been dealing with blood clots over the last few seasons, and team doctors have refused to clear him to play despite Bosh himself insisting he was ready for a return to the court.
After one final medical review, conducted jointly by the league and the players’ union, Bosh was told that his condition was simply too threatening to allow him back on an NBA court. The realization that he would have to retire finally sunk in as the Heat officially waived him on Tuesday, adding that they plan to retire his No. 1 jersey.
“Chris changed his life and basketball career when he came to Miami,” said Heat president Pat Riley in a statement. “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. He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number “1” will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters. Today, we are both moving on but we wish Chris, Adrienne and their family nothing but the best. They will forever be part of the Miami HEAT family.”
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who were the other two parts of one of the original Big Threes in this modern era of NBA superteams, both took to social media to applaud Bosh’s contributions to the Heat and his overall career (he was a great power forward with the Toronto Raptors before leaving for Miami in free agency).
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 4, 2017
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 4, 2017
Although it may be a sad premature end for Bosh’s career, you shouldn’t feel too sorry for him. He will still receive the $52.1 million remaining on his contract, which will work out to a little less than $900,000 every month until the end of 2022. That’s a pretty good retirement package.