Childhood & Early Life
Christopher Wesson Bosh was born on March 24, 1984, in Dallas, Texas, to Noel and Freida Bosh. He considers his parents as the biggest influence on his personality.
When he was four, he started playing basketball. He was a good student, and graduated with honors from Lincoln High School. He led Lincoln to the No. 1 ranking, and also helped it to achieve the USA Today National Championship.
He was named the High School Player of the Year by Basketball America, and a first-team All-American by Parade, McDonald's and EA Sports. Texas Association of Basketball Coaches gave him the title ‘Mr. Basketball’.
He joined Georgia Tech as he felt that its coach Hewitt would guide him to play professional basketball. Here he studied computer imaging, graphic design, and management.
At Georgia Tech, he led the Yellow Jackets in 31 games, and the Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage—the only freshmen ever to do so. He did not complete his degree as he left Georgia Tech to joined NBA draft in 2003.
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Toronto Raptors signed Chris Bosh in July 2003 in the NBA draft. During his rookie season, he battled against all his opponents who were taller and stronger than him. He was praised by his coaches for his willingness to play despite pain and injuries.
During his rookie season, he averaged 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 75 games. Subsequently, he was selected to NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 2003–04 season.
In December 2004 he became the leader of the team, and in every game that followed, he improved the stats of the previous leader. Subsequently, he was awarded NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He ended 2004-05 season as the leading scorer and leading rebounder.
In February 2006, he was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game. He was the third Raptor, after Carter and Antonio Davis, to play an All-Star game. He finished the season 27-55, and averaged 22.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
In July 2006, he signed a contract extension for three years with NBA, with a player option for a fourth year. The deal was worth US$65 million over four years.
His performance gained him the status of the All-Star starter for the East in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. He received the second highest votes among the Eastern Conference forwards.
On January 31, 2007, he scored a 65-foot buzzer-beating shot in a game against the Washington Wizards. He was selected Eastern Conference Player of the Month. In February, he scored his career-high 41 points.
On March 28, 2007, he became the record holder for double doubles against the Miami Heat, and he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the third time, and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team.
Bosh had a slow start in the 2007–08 season, but by mid-season he picked up, and was once again named Player of the Week. This was followed by his selection to the Eastern Conference team for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.
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He started 2008-09 season strong, and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time. However, the Raptors did not do well. Bosh's scored his career-high 22.7 points per game. In April 2009, he was offered a contract extension, which he declined.
In 2009, he made several TV appearances. In December, First Ink released a DVD about Chris Bosh. He has also made appearances in episodes of ‘Entourage’ and ‘Parks and Recreation.’
To prepare for the 2009-10 season, Bosh got trained under Ken Roberson, and added 20 pounds to bring his weight up to 250 pounds. He opened the season with a win against Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 25.4 points and 11.9 rebounds in 16 games, but the Raptors won just seven games.
In January 2010, he became Toronto's all-time leader in total points scored. He was one of two players in the league who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. On January 20, 2010, he scored a career-high 44 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, but lost the game.
In March 2010, he became the Raptors' all-time leader in number of double doubles in a season. In April 2010, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the seventh time. He then parted ways with the Raptors and in July 2010, he signed a trade deal with the Miami Heat, teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Heat finished the season with 58 wins and faced Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. They won the series in five games, and prevailed in five games in the semi-finals against Boston. In the Conference Finals against Chicago, Bosh averaged 23.2 points in the 4-1 series win. Against Dallas, he gave Miami a 2-1 lead. But Miami lost the championship.
In January 2012, Bosh led Miami to a victory against the Atlanta Hawks. In the Conference Semifinals, he was injured and missed the rest of the series. But in the final game, he scored 19 points, and took Miami to NBA Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami achieved a victory, and Bosh gained his first NBA Championship.
In the 2012-13 season, Heat faced San Antonio Spurs. Bosh helped to secure Heat's victory in the series to claim their second consecutive NBA Championship.
In the 2013-14 season, he hit a career-high 74 three-point shots. In the playoffs, he helped Heat to advance to the NBA Finals, where they faced Spurs again. This time, Heat lost the series.
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In July 2014, he re-signed with the Miami. During the 2014-15 season, he stopped playing due to injury, and missed eight games. He returned in December against the Orlando Magic.
In February 2015, he was ruled out for the season as he was diagnosed with a blood clot in one of his lungs. He returned in October 2015, against Charlotte Hornets. On November 10, 2015, he scored a season-high 30 points and won against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In December 2015, he hit a career-best 5-of-5 against the Brooklyn Nets, and in January 2016, he recorded a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Indiana Pacers.
In 2016, he could not play due to a blood clot in his leg. In September, he failed his physical test. Thus Heat president Pat Riley had to end Bosh’s career with the organization due to his health issue. Out of respect, he said that no other player would ever wear the number 1 jersey which Bosh used to wear.