Chris Bosh reveals why he ‘couldn’t imagine’ winning a title in Toronto
Chris Bosh’s departure from the Toronto Raptors didn’t exactly endear him to basketball fans north of the border. Nearly a decade after he spurned the Raptors to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with the Miami Heat, though, the 11-time All-Star’s relationship with his former team is clearly much, much improved.
During a Monday appearance on FOX Sports’ First Things First, Bosh explained that he “couldn’t imagine” what it would be like winning a championship in Toronto given how local fans have recently treated him – and considering he and his teammates never won big during his time with the Raptors.
"I couldn't imagine winning a championship in Toronto because how they treat me and we didn't win anything. … To leave, it's not easy at all. The people and the love that that place gives out. Toronto was a great start for me, some of the best fans in the world." — @chrisbosh pic.twitter.com/knzg5rcmc7
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) September 6, 2019
The Raptors, of course, won their first championship in June.
Bosh, the No. 4 overall pick of the heralded 2003 draft, spent the first seven years of his career in Toronto. He quickly established himself as a future star during his rookie season, and made his first All-Star game in 2005-06. Despite staking his claim as one of the best players in the league, Bosh only led the Raptors to the playoffs twice during his tenure, both times failing to advance past the first round.
The future Hall-of-Famer’s career changed forever when he helped usher in the player-empowerment era by following James to South Beach to join Wade. The “Heatles” went on to win back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 and make the Finals four consecutive seasons, with Bosh establishing himself as a prototype modern-day big man. Unfortunately, his career was cut short in 2015, when doctors discovered blood clots in his lung, a condition that ultimately left him unable to be cleared by doctors to return to the floor.
Chris Bosh, 35, is eligible for induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.