REPORT: Chris Bosh to determine NBA fate by All-Star break, open to joining Knicks
Two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh will make a final determination on his NBA career by the 2019 All-Star break, and is open to joining the New York Knicks should the franchise have interest in him. Bosh told Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, “if they [Knicks] make me a deal, yeah.”
A medical review conducted by the NBA and players’ union in 2017 concluded that Bosh had a career-ending illness. Bosh, who suffers from blood clots, last played in a NBA game on February 9, 2016 with the Miami Heat. He has career averages of 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 893 games, while also being an 11-time All-Star.
Chris Bosh was at the Knicks game Monday night at Madison Square Garden, visiting his old friend, current Knicks head coach David Fizdale. Fizdale was the lead assistant on the Heat when Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James were in South Beach.
The Toronto Raptors drafted Bosh with the fourth overall pick in the legendary 2003 Draft. Bosh spent his first seven seasons with the Raptors until he joined Wade and James to form the Big Three in Miami in 2010. The trio went to four straight NBA Finals, winning the middle two.
If Bosh is unable to make a comeback, he will still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. During his prime, Bosh was a lethal scorer and matchup nightmare for power forwards due to his ability to shoot from distance, while also being able to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket.