Chris Bosh Prepared To Retire

Veteran big man Chris Bosh hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2015/16 season due to health issues related to blood clots, but has talked frequently since then about pursuing a comeback. In a podcast conversation with Bill Simmons of The Ringer, however, Bosh sounded prepared to give up his hopes of playing in the NBA again, suggesting he’ll officially call it a career (hat tip to Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype).

Discussing his jersey retirement ceremony in Miami on March 26, Bosh acknowledged that he’ll likely get emotional at that event since he knows “that part of my life is over.”

“That has been a tough thing to deal with, but I’m good,” Bosh said, adding that he was “still trying pretty adamantly” to get back into the NBA last year, particularly as he saw the success that stretch fives were having around the league. However, he’s no longer continuing those efforts.

“That time has passed,” Bosh said. “I’ve made the decision not to pursue it anymore.”

According to Bosh, he plans to officially retire during that ceremony in Miami next month, two days after he turns 35. He joked to Simmons that he might be the first player to retire as a player on the same night that his most recent team raises his jersey to the rafters.

In 13 total seasons with the Raptors and Heat, Bosh averaged 19.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 2.0 APG in 893 regular season contests, appearing in another 89 postseason games and earning a pair of titles with Miami. He also earned 11 All-Star nods and appeared on an All-NBA team in 2007.

While it’s not clear yet what the next phase of Bosh’s career will look like, he indicated that his health problems are under control and expressed some interest in a broadcasting job or an NBA front office role.

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14 thoughts on “Chris Bosh Prepared To Retire

  1. cjriley3457

    yeah he walks away with $215,000,000 i think hes good

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  2. xabial

    Earned his keep, won championships part of “Big 3”

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  3. jump shot

    I thought, thru his friendship with 23, that he would possibly get a look out there with the Lakers. With that not happening, clearly nothing’s going to get an opportunity anywhere. He had a great run. Enjoy the sunset as a YOUNG man…. must be nice!

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  4. reece

    I think Chris Bosh is a lock for the Hall of Fame. He’s had a solid career. One of the more efficient players to have played the game.

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    • cpt redbeard

      “Solid career” and “efficient” is not exactly the way to describe a HOF career. He was really good for sure. HOF lock? I feel like that’s debatable.

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      • bennyg

        But he will, cause he won a chip in the “Big 3” and people will feel for him, and pity him thus, making him a first-ballot induction

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        • RockHard

          Such stupid reasoning.. he doesn’t deserve the hall based on his stats..

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          • reece

            I’m sorry you feel that way, buddy. But the resumé doesn’t lie. Bosh has a 99.5% chance of making the Hall. Like it or not, he will be inducted. I’m not even a fan of Bosh, but he was a well rounded player.

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  5. Guest617

    the video bosh made promoting himself for the all star game was internet gold

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  6. whodatcoon

    Harden said not all NBA players love playing the game. I think it’s more than obvious Chris Bosh is one of the guys who truly loved playing the game.

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