Chris Bosh would have been preparing for his final NBA season. Instead, he was prepping for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which took place on September 11. Bosh's tenure ended abruptly, but the 6-11 center still achieved a great deal.
A free agent in 2010, Bosh joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the Miami Heat's Big 3 for the first time in his NBA career after playing with Toronto for the first seven seasons. With the Heat from 2010 through 2016, he won two NBA titles, played in four NBA Playoff finals, and was selected to play in six All-Star Games.
He was 31 years old and in the prime of his career when blood clots made him part ways from the sport. Bosh spent three years attempting to go back on the court before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2019. It was the culmination of Bosh's basketball career as he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday and presented by Pat Riley.
After a subsequent life-threatening episode with blood clots, Riley decided not to allow Bosh's comeback. While Bosh's health was the primary issue, the Heat were also looking for salary-cap relief during this period.
According to Riley, making things right is crucial after years of a competitive edge to uncomfortable situations.
In an interview, Riley said to the Sun-Sentinel
"I do not ever want to run into Shaquille or run into Dwyane or into Magic or Chris somewhere and not be able to go up and give ‘em a hug. That’s not how I’m going to end my career, my life.”
Rather than speak, he just stood next to Chris Bosh when the former Miami Heat player accepted his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
But the mere fact that Bosh wanted Pat Riley to remain at his side means a great deal to the Heat's head of basketball operations, Pat Riley.