Back in February 2020, Brandon Di Perno and I discussed the “inexcusable” omission of Chris Bosh from Basketball Hall of Fame finalists. A year later, the former Miami Heat center got his due. He’ll be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Class:— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2021
Players: Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Ben Wallace; Coaches: Rick Adelman, Jay Wright, Bill Russell. WNBA: Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson.
Bosh responded to the news on Twitter, thanking the Hall of Fame, the NBA and everyone who has supported him throughout his career.
Words cannot express my gratitude to everyone who has been on this journey with me. Basketball has been one of the greatest gifts allotted to me in this life. This honor is my legacy. Thank you @Hoophall, @nba + to every one of you that has supported me throughout my career. ☝ pic.twitter.com/iH2UW87drv— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) May 16, 2021
The former Georgia Tech standout helped Miami win two championships in 2012 and 2013. He returned from an injury in the middle of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, and his shift over to center — and willingness to take 3-point shots — unleashed the Heat’s versatility.
After LeBron James left the Heat in 2014, Bosh re-signed with Miami on a max contract. But he suffered from life-threatening blood clots for the next two consecutive seasons, ending his career prematurely. He was only 31 years old when he played his last NBA game.