Chris Bosh set to announce retirement, will no longer pursue NBA comeback
Former NBA All-Star big man Chris Bosh is set to announce his retirement during a ceremony on March 26, he told Bill Simmons of The Ringer during an interview on his podcast. The former Miami Heat forward said his dream of chasing a comeback in the league is now behind him:
“That part of my life is over. That has been a tough thing to deal with but I’m good, which has taken a long time [for me to accept]… I could have kept playing. But man, that time has passed. I’ve made the decision not to pursue it anymore.”
Bosh played his last game in the NBA on Feb. 9, 2016 against the San Antonio Spurs as a member of the Heat, dropping 18 points and five rebounds in a 119-101 loss. After the game, the team determined they could no longer play Bosh due to complications with his medical condition, after a blood clot in his leg forced him to miss the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
After increased pressure from the medical staff to sit out the rest of the season, Bosh returned for his initial physical exam the following season, only to fail to be cleared by the team doctors.
Bosh has chased a comeback to the league ever since, even hinting at his willingness to take a reduced role or a mentorship one if given the opportunity.
His game as a shooting big could fit the stretch 4 or 5 position well in today’s game, but even after trying “pretty adamantly,” he was unsuccessful.
A two-time NBA champion and 11-time All-Star selection, Bosh finished his 13-year career with averages of 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and a block per game.