Chris Bosh
American basketball player
Chris Bosh
Christopher Wesson "Chris" Bosh is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A high school "Mr. Basketball" in Texas, Bosh left college at Georgia Tech after one season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team to enter the 2003 NBA Draft. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in a very competitive draft class.
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Miami Heat's Bosh could reunite with Wade on Chicago Bulls
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Chris Bosh, who helped the Miami Heat win two NBA crowns alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, might reunite with Wade on the Chicago Bulls, according to a report Friday. An ESPN website report said Bosh, who has not played since last February due to blood clot issue, will likely be released by the Heat in a few weeks and that the Bulls were in the forefront of teams interested in the 11-time All-Star forward. The Heat could drop Bosh on February 9 after he will have missed a full year but could also wait until March 1 so Bosh would not be eligible to play for another club in this year's NBA playoffs, possibly pushing back a return to the 2017-18 campaign.
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Warriors spoil DeRozan's record achievement
Yahoo News - about 2 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 21 points in Golden State's 42-point first quarter on Wednesday, which propelled the Warriors to a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Despite seeing a seven-game road winning streak end, the Raptors experienced a historic moment when DeMar DeRozan became the franchise's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Chris Bosh with the 15th of his team-high 29 points. DeRozan, currently in his eighth NBA season, finished the game with 10,290 career points, 15 more than Bosh, who played his first seven seasons for Toronto.
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Dwyane Wade says superteams are 'great' for league
ABC News - 4 months
CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade believes that superteams are "great" for the NBA. The Chicago Bulls guard made the declaration during a 20-minute, post-practice media session in which he hit on a variety of different topics regarding the past and present of free agency. Wade -- who welcomed LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat in 2010 -- was asked if he thought the creation of super teams was good for the overall health of the league. "I think certain moments -- it's great," Wade said. "At the end of the day, whether you dislike the Heat or you loved the Heat, you was tuning in to watch the Heat, right? Same thing with Golden State. Whether you dislike what happened with Kevin Durant or whatever the case may be, you're going to tune into watch, whether you want him to succeed or fail. "Our game is growing. Eyes are on our game. And at the end of the day, me as a player, I just love the fact that players have the...
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76ers rookie Ben Simmons breaks bone in foot; Chris Bosh likely done in Miami
LATimes - 5 months
Ben Simmons has a broken bone in his right foot and its unknown how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers.  Simmons was injured Friday during the final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The 76ers said Simmons rolled an ankle, and X-rays...
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How do the Heat move forward if Chris Bosh cannot play?
ABC News - 5 months
With the latest news about the significant health issues facing forward? Chris Bosh, how would playing without Bosh affect the Miami Heat's 2016-17 outlook? And what does it mean for the team moving forward? As the Heat prepare for training camp, they'll do so without Bosh. Team president Pat Riley said on Monday that Bosh's "Heat career is probably over" and that the team is not actively working toward his return. In addition to the unfortunate personal impact on Bosh, it affects the team and its plans on the court. Let's take a look at how the Heat project without Bosh -- and how that affects the Eastern Conference playoff race. Projecting the 2016-17 Miami Heat The Heat were able to regroup when Bosh was sidelined after last year's All-Star break, going 19-10 without him and coming within a game of the Eastern Conference finals. But the 2016-17 Miami roster will look substantially...
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Chris Bosh’s Desire to Play Leaves Heat at an Ethical Crossroads
NYTimes - 5 months
Bosh’s last two seasons have been cut short by blood clots, and Miami has indicated it doesn’t want him to step on the court this season, or perhaps ever again.
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Heat don't clear Chris Bosh to return after failed physical
ABC News - 5 months
Chris Bosh has failed his preseason physical and will not be cleared to participate in training camp, the Miami Heat?announced Friday. "The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible," the team's statement said. "Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami Heat regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities." In a documentary released this week by, Bosh said Heat doctors told him last February that his basketball career was "probably over" when he was diagnosed with a second blood clot in his leg. Bosh fought the diagnosis and believed he had found a regimen that would allow him return to playing full-contact basketball. The team doctors continue to disagree. "Seeing the team doctors, they told me that my...
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Bosh fails physical, still unable to return to Heat
Yahoo News - 5 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Eleven-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh has failed his preseason physical and remains unable to return to basketball activities, the Miami Heat said on Friday. The Heat said there is no timetable for the 32-year-old Bosh's return. "The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible," the team said in a statement.
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Heat Forward Chris Bosh Fails Physical, Future in Doubt
NYTimes - 5 months
Chris Bosh has failed his physical and is not cleared to participate in Miami Heat training camp, a major blow to the All-Star's comeback plans and a decision that will likely add to the tension between the team and its highest-paid player.
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Chris Bosh says in documentary he felt 'written off' after blood clot diagnosis
ABC News - 5 months
Miami Heat doctors told Chris Bosh his career was probably over during the winter after the discovery of a second blood clot in his leg, and Bosh has been fighting the diagnosis for the past six months, Bosh revealed in the first installment of a documentary? debuting Wednesday on "Seeing the team doctors, they told me that my season is over, my career is probably over and this just happens, this is just how it is," Bosh said. "I felt right away that I was written off. It was [claps his hands together] put it to the side matter-of-factly. If a doctor tells me, 'Hey that's it and this is how that is,' and I don't buy that. I have the right to disagree with you. "I know inside me I have a lot of talent and a lot of ability. I have it. I know I have it. It wasn't a matter of if I play again; it was when. So we took the bull by the horns." Bosh directed and produced the film, titled "Rebuilt." It is being...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Bosh
  • 2016
    On September 26, 2016, Heat president Pat Riley said that the team viewed Bosh's career with the team as over, and noted that the team was no longer working toward his return.
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    Bosh was initially optimistic in a return to the Heat for the 2016–17 season, and the organization had become increasingly hopeful that he would be cleared for camp.
    More Details Hide Details That quickly changed, however, thanks to numerous setbacks accredited to continued blood clotting.
    In September 2016, Bosh failed his physical exam with the Heat and was not cleared by the team to participate in training camp.
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    Though he was voted to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, and selected to compete in the Three-Point Contest, due to a calf injury, Bosh was forced to withdraw from both.
    More Details Hide Details A blood clot in his leg again forced Bosh to miss time following the All-Star break. He faced increasing pressure from physicians and the Heat organization to sit out the rest of the season because of the potential dangers of the recurring medical condition.
  • 2015
    On October 28, 2015, Bosh made his return to the court in the Heat's season opener against the Charlotte Hornets, recording 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 104–94 win.
    More Details Hide Details On November 10, he scored a then season-high 30 points in a 101–88 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On December 28, he recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds against the Brooklyn Nets, and hit a career-best 5-of-5 from three-point range. On January 4, he recorded a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in a 103–100 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers.
    On February 21, 2015, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a blood clot on one of his lungs.
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    After playing in the 2015 All-Star Game, Bosh was admitted to a Miami hospital for lung tests during the All-Star break.
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  • 2014
    After averaging 21.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals over the first 23 games of the 2014–15 season, Bosh was ruled out indefinitely on December 15 with a strained calf.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to miss eight games before returning on December 29 against the Orlando Magic. In just under 33 minutes of action, he recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds in the 101-102 loss.
    On July 30, 2014, Bosh re-signed with the Heat after LeBron James announced he was leaving Miami to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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  • 2013
    In the 2013–14 season, Bosh played and started in 79 games, averaging 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details He also hit a career-high 74 three point shots on 33 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In the playoffs Bosh scored 20 points in game 2 of Miami's first round series against the Charlotte Bobcats and posted 15 points with 11 rebounds against the Brooklyn Nets in the second game of the semifinal series. In game 4 against Brooklyn, Bosh hit a late corner three-pointer to help Miami take a 3–1 lead over the Nets, and hit four three-pointers in game 5 as the Heat advanced to play the Pacers for the second year in a row in the Eastern Conference Finals. Against the Pacers, Bosh struggled offensively through the first three games, scoring 9 points in each contest before scoring 25 points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the three point arc in a game 4 victory. Bosh would follow that up with 20 points and 10 rebounds in game 5 as the Pacers won and forced a sixth game in Miami. In game 6, Bosh scored 25 points as the Heat advanced to their fourth straight NBA Finals. The Heat would again face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, but Miami lost the series in five games.
    On February 15, 2013, Bosh was picked as an All-Star starter over the injured Rajon Rondo by coach Erik Spoelstra.
    More Details Hide Details The Heat achieved the league's best record and swept through the first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks before defeating the Chicago Bulls in 5 games, with Bosh scoring 20 points to go with 19 rebounds in a crucial game 3 win in Chicago. Bosh averaged 12.1 points per game throughout the playoffs as the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals to face the San Antonio Spurs following a grueling seven game series against Indiana. The Heat and Spurs split the first two games before the Spurs blew out Miami in game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. In game 4, Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to complement Wade's 32 points and James' 33 points to bolster the Heat's win, tying the series. San Antonio would bounce back in game 5 to force the Heat to win the final two games at home. In the final seconds of game 6, LeBron James missed a three pointer, and Bosh grabbed the offensive rebound and found a wide open Ray Allen in the corner. Allen hit the shot to tie the game, and in overtime the Heat had a three-point lead with seconds left. San Antonio inbounded the ball to Danny Green, who attempted a corner three, but Green's shot was blocked by Bosh to secure the Heat's victory. Bosh was held scoreless in Game 7 by Tim Duncan but the Miami Heat still won game 7 and their 2nd consecutive, 3rd overall, NBA Championship.
  • 2012
    Bosh remained the Heat's starting center during the 2012–13 season.
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    On January 5, 2012, Bosh, who was playing and filling in for an injured James and Wade, led the Heat to a 116–109 triple overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks, highlighted by a three-point shot he made to force the game into overtime with .06 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter.
    More Details Hide Details Bosh finished the game with 33 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots. By season's end, the Heat had embraced a small ball strategy that featured Bosh at the center position. In the playoffs, Bosh started at center and averaged 14. points and 7.8 rebounds a game. In game 1 of the East Semifinal against the Indiana Pacers, he suffered a lower abdominal strain that forced him to miss the rest of the series and the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston. Boston pushed Miami to 7 games, and in the final game Bosh scored 19 points, including 3 of 4 shooting from three point range, to help the Heat advance to their second straight NBA Finals, this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder won the first game of the series before Miami rolled to a 4-1 victory, giving Bosh and James their first NBA title. Bosh scored 24 points in the deciding game 5 and averaged 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in the Finals.
  • 2011
    In July 2011, Bosh married Adrienne Williams.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have four children, three sons and one daughter. On March 24, 2009, it was reported that Bosh's former girlfriend, Allison Mathis, was seeking child support and sole custody of their daughter, Trinity (born November 2, 2008). Mathis alleged that when she was seven months pregnant, Bosh stopped supporting her financially and tried to remove her from their home. Three days later, it was reported that the dispute was only over the amount Bosh paid. Mathis' lawyer also told the press, "My client very much wanted this dispute to remain private. Certainly this thing did not get started by anything on our side... She is very distressed that somehow this thing got into the newspapers. She wants Trinity to have a good relationship with her dad, Chris Bosh, and adverse publicity makes that more difficult."
  • 2010
    On July 10, 2010, Bosh officially completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Miami Heat, teaming up with Wade and James.
    More Details Hide Details The Raptors received two first-round draft picks in the sign-and-trade, using one to draft Jonas Valančiūnas and trading another to the Chicago Bulls for James Johnson; the Bulls used that pick to draft Norris Cole. Bosh's parting message to the Raptors on his website said, "Know that this was my toughest decision, mostly because Toronto has been so great to me. I've loved every minute here and I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart " Not only did Bosh leave Toronto as its all-time leader in virtually all major statistical categories, he was one of only three players in the league who accrued 10,000 points, 4,500 rebounds, and 600 blocks in his seven seasons with the Raptors. Despite being widely tipped as contenders, the Heat got off to a tentative 9–8 start, and Bosh was perceived to be under-performing. The Heat managed to go on to compile a 21–1 record, however, and were jostling with the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls for pole position in the Eastern Conference as mid-season approached. Miami finished the regular season with 58 wins and faced Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. Miami won the series in five games, and also prevailed in five games in the semi-finals against Boston. In the Conference Finals against Chicago, Bosh was particularly instrumental, averaging 23.2 points in the 4–1 series win. He was slow off the blocks in the Finals against Dallas, shooting below .300 in the first two games, but scored the winning shot in Game 3 to give Miami a 2–1 lead.
    However, Bosh was unable to play in a pivotal match against the Bulls on April 11, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The blowout loss cost Toronto their tie-breaker and ultimately the eighth seed, as the Bulls finished with 41 wins to Toronto's 40. After the 2009–10 season was over, there was much speculation over whether coveted free agents such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Bosh would sign with new teams for the 2010–11 season. Bosh was active on the social media front, posting his thoughts on Twitter and having a documentary crew record his meetings with the teams interested in signing him.
    On April 5, 2010, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, winning the honor for the seventh time in his career (tying Carter for the most in franchise history).
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    After recording his 44th double double on March 22, 2010, Bosh became the Raptors' all-time leader in number of double doubles in a season.
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    On January 20, 2010, he scored a career-high 44 points in a loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, while collecting his 220th career double double.
    More Details Hide Details That same month, Bosh was named a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and was Eastern Conference Player of the Week. After the All-Star break, the Raptors went on several losing streaks and injuries to Bosh and Türkoğlu exacerbated the situation. As the regular season came to a close, the Raptors went from being the fifth seed before the All-Star break to fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Chicago Bulls.
    The Raptors crossed into 2010 with a 16–17 record, and on January 3, 2010, Bosh overtook Vince Carter as Toronto's all-time leader in total points scored.
    More Details Hide Details After pulling together a string of wins, Toronto were .500 after 40 games, and Bosh remained the league leader in double doubles, being only one of two players in the league who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.
  • 2009
    To prepare for the 2009–10 season, Bosh worked out under Ken Roberson, looking to add 20 pounds and bring his weight up to 250.
    More Details Hide Details Following the failure of the 2008–09 campaign, Colangelo knew that he had to shake up the roster to persuade Bosh to stay, and the Raptors were one of the busiest teams in the pre-season market. Toronto's lack of wing players was addressed by the drafting of DeMar DeRozan. They then managed to get Hedo Türkoğlu to renege on a verbal commitment to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers and obtained him in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic. They also traded for Antoine Wright and Marco Belinelli, while Bosh's former Georgia Tech teammate and then-Indiana point guard Jarrett Jack was also signed as a free agent. Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems and former Raptors Rasho Nesterovič and Pops Mensah-Bonsu were acquired in separate transactions to add front court depth. They opened their season with a win against the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers, in which Bosh scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Bosh went on a tear, averaging 25.4 points and 11.9 rebounds in the first 16 games, but the Raptors were only able to win seven of those games. In that period, Bosh was also the league leader in rebounds, rebounds per game, free throws made and attempted, and double doubles.
    On April 20, 2009, Colangelo announced that he would offer Bosh a contract extension during the summer, which Bosh later refused to sign.
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    On January 29, 2009, Bosh was named an All-Star reserve, but an injury ruled him out of the game.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, in a bid to bring in a wing player and create greater salary flexibility, O'Neal and Jamario Moon were traded to Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. The trade did not improve the team's win–loss record, however, and the Raptors were eliminated from contention with seven games of the regular season remaining. The bright spark in Bosh's campaign was his career-high 22.7 points per game, as well as his being one of two players in the league that season (the other being Dwight Howard) to average a 20/10 in points and rebounds.
  • 2008
    Bosh—who had won an Olympic gold medal with the national team at Beijing 2008—started the season strong and playing better defense than ever.
    More Details Hide Details He averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his first three games and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time in his career. A week later, he became Toronto's all-time leader in offensive rebounds, surpassing Antonio Davis's record. While Bosh and O'Neal formed a formidable partnership in the frontcourt, the Raptors struggled to surpass the .500 mark. The principal deficiency of previous campaigns—wing players—continued to upend Toronto's progress. With the Raptors at 8–9, head coach Sam Mitchell was sacked and replaced by Jay Triano. Under the new regime, Bargnani finally blossomed as a player, but injuries and weaknesses in the roster meant that the Raptors entered the All-Star break 13 games under .500.
    To provide Bosh with an experienced frontcourt partner, the Raptors pulled blockbuster trade prior to the 2008–09 campaign: six-time All-Star Jermaine O'Neal was acquired from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Ford, Rasho Nesterovič, and Roy Hibbert, the 17th pick in the 2008 NBA draft.
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    Nevertheless, even with injuries to Bosh (15 games), Jorge Garbajosa (75 games) and Ford (31 games), the Raptors concluded the regular season with a 41–41 record, and clinched the sixth seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details However, they were defeated by the Orlando Magic in the first round, losing 4–1. The first-round series against the Magic was touted as the matchup between two of the league's best young big men in Dwight Howard and Bosh, but the Raptors were perceived to have an advantage because of their dual-point guard play. But Orlando held home court advantage, and the Raptors were unable to win the first two games in Amway Arena. In Game 1, Bargnani started at small forward. This did not matter, as Orlando took a huge lead in the first quarter. Howard dominated the game, finishing with 22 points, 25 rebounds and 5 blocks. The stifling defense held Toronto to 37.6% shooting. Bosh finished 4 for 11 from the field (13 of 13 in freethrows) and the Raptors lost by 14. Game 2 started similarly to Game 1, with Howard's dominance propelling the Magic to a sizeable lead, but solid plays from Bosh, Kapono and Calderón put the Raptors in front late in the fourth quarter. The Magic came back, and with 9 seconds left on the clock, Bosh missed 18-foot jumper as time expired, giving the Magic a one-point win. In Game 3, Ford and Calderón stepped up, and the Raptors preserved some hope with a 108–94 home win. In Game 4, the teams were almost tied going into the fourth quarter.
    On January 31, 2008, he was selected to be on the Eastern Conference team for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details In the meantime, Toronto continued to struggle and their problems were exacerbated when regular starting point guard T. J. Ford returned from injury and became frustrated playing backup to José Calderón.
  • 2007
    Before the 2007–08 season began, Andrea Bargnani, the number one pick in the 2006 NBA draft, was slated to start at center and Bosh at power forward to form a strong Toronto frontcourt and Jason Kapono, a three-point specialist, was acquired via free agency from the Miami Heat to add offensive firepower; however, as the season unfolded, neither plans materialized as hoped.
    More Details Hide Details Bosh himself had a slow start to the season, but as mid-season approached, his form picked up and he was named Player of the Week for the second week of January.
    On March 28, 2007, Bosh became the new franchise record holder for double doubles in a home win against the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the third time in his career shortly after, having led Toronto to clinch their first NBA Playoffs berth in five years. Toronto went on to win its first ever division title, and concluded the regular season with a 47–35 record, including a 30–11 home record, both franchise records. As third seed, the Raptors played sixth seed New Jersey Nets in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The series drew much media attention as Carter, who left had Toronto under acrimonious circumstances, was back at the ACC as a Net. In the opening game, while Carter was constantly booed by the home crowd and was not an offensive threat, Toronto's inexperience was evident as they struggled offensively and were down 65–78 going into the fourth quarter. A late rally by Toronto in the fourth quarter was not enough as they eventually lost 91–96. The Raptors won Game 2 at the ACC to tie the series 1–1, as Bosh recorded 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Nets won games 3 and 4 to lead 3–1, but Toronto forced Game 6 when they narrowly won 98–96 in Game 5. New Jersey won Game 6, however, and sent Toronto out of the first round. Bosh averaged a double-double with 22.6 ppg and 10.7 rpg for the regular season, both career-highs, and posted 17.5 ppg and 9. rpg for the playoffs.
    On February 7, 2007, Bosh's career-high 41 points prompted the home fans to chant "MVP"—an unprecedented event in the Air Canada Centre.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, Bosh collected 29 points and 11 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers, shooting 10-of-10 in the second half.
    Bosh's in-form streak enabled him to be selected Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He had averaged 25.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading the Raptors to a 10–5 record in that month.
    On January 31, 2007, in a game against the Washington Wizards, Bosh scored a buzzer-beating shot to end the third quarter of the game.
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    Bosh's play and leadership were pivotal to this run and as an increasing recognition of his abilities, on January 25, 2007, he was named an All-Star starter for the East in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Bosh received the second highest number of votes among all Eastern Conference forwards. This was his first All-Star start and second overall All-Star appearance, having averaged over 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first half of the season.
  • 2006
    Following the 2006–07 season, Bosh was named to the team that would compete in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
    More Details Hide Details However, he sustained a foot injury and withdrew from the squad. On June 23, 2008, he was named to the team that would compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. During the tournament itself, Bosh operated as the main backup to center Dwight Howard as Team USA went unbeaten in all eight games en route to the gold medal, defeating Spain in the final. He averaged 9.1 points per game, and led the team in rebounds with 6.1 a game. On June 29, 2012, Bosh called men's national team coach Mike Krzyzewski and chairman Jerry Colangelo to tell them that he would not participate in the 2012 Olympics in London to recover from a lower abdominal strain that kept him out of some playoff games. Listed at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) and 235 pounds (107 kg), Bosh possesses excellent speed, athleticism, and ball handling for a player of his size. He is particularly noted for his ability to drive to the basket and finish strong or get to the free throw line—where he is also proficient—but he is also known for his well-developed jump shot. Indiana Pacers coach Jim O'Brien once commented on the match-up problems Bosh posed for opposing defenders: "We've tried over the years to put big guys on him. It doesn't work. We've tried to put small guys on him. It doesn't seem to work either.
    In August 2006, Bosh was named as a member of the 2006 USA World Championship Team. Together with fellow 2003 draftees Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kirk Hinrich, this team competed in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. The team won the bronze medal, defeating former 2004 Olympic champion Argentina.
    More Details Hide Details Bosh was ranked sixth in field goal percentage.
    Despite a major off-season revamp of the Raptors roster—including the departure of good friends Mike James and Charlie Villanueva—Bosh officially signed a three-year contract extension with a player option for a fourth year on July 14, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was reportedly worth US$65 million over four years. Upon signing the contract, Bosh said "I think the future is very positive for the franchise... change was needed... we have a lot of guys who just want to win and are willing to work hard." During the same press conference, Bosh also announced a donation of $1,000,000 to a Toronto charity, known as Community Legacy Programs. After a shaky start to the Raptors' 2006–07 campaign, the Raptors managed to surpass the .500 mark as the All-Star break approached.
    In March 2006, following a season-ending injury to Bosh, the Raptors hit a 1–10 skid.
    More Details Hide Details This highlighted Bosh's importance as the centerpiece of the offense, as well as the leader of the team. The Raptors finished the season 27–55 and Bosh averaged 22.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
    On February 9, 2006, for the first time in his career, Bosh was selected to play in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas as a reserve forward for the Eastern Conference.
    More Details Hide Details He was only the third Raptor to make an All-Star game, after Carter and Antonio Davis. Bosh's selection was just three days after he was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
  • 2005
    Prior to the 2005–06 season, Bosh was named as one of Toronto's team captains.
    More Details Hide Details Bosh continued to work on his game as he consistently chalked up double doubles, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage for the first half of the season.
  • 2004
    Bosh ended the 2004–05 season as the leading scorer and leading rebounder for the team on 21 and 46 occasions respectively.
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    With the departure of the disenchanted franchise face of the team, Vince Carter, in December 2004, Bosh was simultaneously anointed as the new leader around whom Toronto would build.
    More Details Hide Details In the remaining games following Carter's departure, the power forward averaged 18.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 38.1 minutes per game, improving in every major statistical category. He was awarded his first ever NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between 3 and 9 January 2005. As the season drew to a close, analysts predicted that Bosh would become an All-Star one day.
  • 2003
    Bosh was rewarded by being selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 2003–04 season.
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    In a strong draft class including future All-Stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade, Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2003 NBA draft and was signed on July 8, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to his signing, however, other NBA teams made offers for Bosh as they knew Toronto needed a veteran scorer, and Raptors star Vince Carter himself pressed for a trade. General Manager Glen Grunwald turned everyone down. In his rookie season Bosh was forced to play out of position as the Raptors' starting center after Antonio Davis was traded to the Chicago Bulls. Night after night, the teenager with the "slim frame" battled against opponents who had a significant size and strength advantage over him. Bosh—who cited teammate Michael Curry as his mentor—was often praised by his coaches for his heart, and willingness to play through pain and injuries resulting from his lack of body strength compared to some of the league's strong forwards and centers. Bosh's contributions were not unnoticed by teammates either, as he averaged 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 33.5 minutes in 75 games, leading all rookies in rebounding and blocks, and setting a franchise record for most rebounds in a rookie season with 557.
    He left Georgia Tech after his freshman season and entered the 2003 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Bosh said in future interviews that although he misses his college days, he believes he made the right decision to pursue a professional career. He said he intends to obtain a college degree in the future, to fulfill a promise made to his mother.
  • 2002
    Bosh's national team career began in 2002 when he was selected as a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that finished with a 4–1 record and the bronze medal.
    More Details Hide Details After his NBA career began, Bosh was named in March 2006 to the 2006–2008 United States men's national basketball team program, and helped lead the team to a 5–0 record during its pre-World Championship tour.
    Bosh originally intended to complete his degree, but by the end of the 2002–03 season, his strong performances convinced him that he was ready for the NBA.
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  • 1984
    Born on March 24, 1984.
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