Chris Bosh went through a lot during his playing days in the NBA. After starting out his career in Toronto for his first seven seasons, he overachieved on a team that couldn’t find the success he was aspiring for, so he consequently moved to Miami to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in playing for the Heat.
The 11-time All-Star and two-time champ was unfortunately forced to call it quits earlier than expected however, due to recurring issues with blood clots. Though he had complications in the past and was able to come back, as the 2015-2016 season came to a close nearly two years ago, Bosh was forced to miss the remaining 29 games of the season due to subsequent inflammations.
As a result, Bosh continued to suffer medical complications, which led him to fail his preseason physical in 2016. It was for that reason that the Heat had no choice but to finally relinquish his contract on July 4 earlier this year, leading the 6’11” power forward/center to have to retire, at least temporarily.
However, Bosh isn’t counting himself out of playing, and even if he has to because of his health, he still wants to stick with basketball and work in the NBA in some sort of developmental role. He appeared on NBA TV’s show Players Only to talk more about his future.
“I’m always going to be around the game of basketball,” Bosh said. “I plan to keep my options open as a player moving forward, but that’s not coaching. Maybe front office work, working with teams and spreading the game, maybe teaching the game to young people, that’s something that’s a very big passion.”
Bosh’s No. 1 jersey is expected to be retired in Miami, as owner Pat Riley has stated in the past that his number will “never be worn by another player, and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters.” He played for the Heat for his last six seasons in the league.
Being the good guy that he is, Bosh also said that he’d like to work with players that may not necessarily find themselves on the first team, but are looking to improve their all-around game.
“I would want to work with guys that maybe aren’t starters, guys that are the fourth or fifth option. To be honest,” Bosh went on, “I’m looking at today’s game and I put myself in that position and how I would benefit from the faster basketball, more threes, catch-and-go opportunities, attacking the paint with more space, that’s what kind of gets me juiced up and riled up when I watch today’s game. I would really want to teach someone how to function without having to have plays called for you.”
Over his career, Bosh averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.