The 2003 NBA draft class is and always will be one of the most stacked in NBA history. The draft has so far featured 9 All-Stars and 4 All-NBA Team players, with many other accolades littered all over the class such as Boris Diaw (Most Improved Player in 2006), Leandro Babosa (Sixth Man Award in 2007), Kyle Korver (3pt shooting percentage record of 53.6% in 2010) and many more. However, the topic of discussion today will be a power forward whose career seem to be all but forgotten over the last two years, where he appeared in 97 of the possible 164 games in the regular season, the same player who’s the Toronto Raptor’s franchise all-time leader in points, minutes played, rebounds, blocks, free throws attempted and made and in double doubles.
He is Chris Bosh.
Chris Bosh was drafted by the Toronto Raptors 4th overall in 2003, behind LeBron James, Darko Milicic and Carmelo Anthony. With 11.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.4bpg, Bosh was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his 2003-2004 campaign. Since then, Chris Bosh had continued to improve his game and consistently become a nightly double-double threat to the opposing teams. His efforts did not go unnoticed, as he was selected to his first of many NBA All-Star games in 2006, alongside players in the same draft class in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. He would also lead the Raptors to consecutive NBA playoffs appearance, but disappointing playoff exits year on year pushes Bosh to join the Miami Heat in 2010.
Joining Wade and James in Miami in 2010 in pursuit for a championship, Bosh had learnt and flourished in the role of third-fiddle, and with his team-first mindset, bullied their way to the NBA Finals where they lost to the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks. Submitting to their defeat, the team worked vigorously and will beat out powerhouses in the East, the Boston Celtics with the Original Big 3 in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen & the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose. They will bring two championships to South Florida until James decided to return home to Cleveland in 2014.
In the summer of 2015, Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots that had traveled from his leg to his lungs, and was immediately admitted to the hospital, where he was ruled out for the rest of the 2014-2015 season. Over the summer, the team announced that Bosh was expected to make a full recovery and make it back for the 2015-2016 season opener. However, Bosh will have a relapse, though this time the clots were discovered before it reached the lungs and avoided a situation whereby he could suffer a pulmonary embolism.
The Miami Heat had since not let Bosh onto the court, for good reason. For one, if Bosh were to suffer a career-ending injury or worse on the court, it will not be able to handle the possible repercussion. While the organization also do look at the welfare and health of Chris Bosh as a whole, it will be at the organization’s best interest to keep Bosh on the bench until he is fully cleared for the vigorous nature of the NBA season.
The question now is if Bosh will be back on the court soon, if ever at all. Only time will tell, but if it does seem a trend for Bosh to be predisposed to be prone to having blood clots, chances are that he will also be likely to have them in the future as he ages. Furthermore, blood clots are more dangerous a condition than concussion in comparison and should not be taken lightly at all. While the NBA continues to churn out stars and championships, it may be possible that we have seen the last of the beast on the court who is Chris Bosh.