Christopher Wesson Bosh (born March 24, 1984) is an American
professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. A high
school "Mr. Basketball" in Texas, Bosh left Georgia Tech after one
season to enter the 2003 NBA draft. He was selected fourth overall by
Toronto Raptors in a draft class that included multiple future NBA
superstars such as LeBron James,
Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
While at Toronto, Bosh emerged as one of the young stars in the
league; he became a five-time NBA All-Star, was named to the All-NBA
Second Team once, appeared for the U.S. national team (with whom he
won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics), and supplanted former
Vince Carter as the face and leader of the Raptors
In the 2006–07 season, Bosh led the Raptors to their first playoff
appearance in five years, and their first ever division title. He left
Toronto for the Heat in 2010 as its all-time leader in points,
rebounds, blocks, double doubles, free throws made and attempted and
minutes played. Bosh won his first NBA title after Miami defeated the
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1 in the 2012 NBA Finals. He won his second
title in 2013 as the Heat defeated the
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs in the 2013
Bosh was nicknamed "CB4" by then-
Toronto Raptors play-by-play
commentator Chuck Swirsky, a combination of Bosh's initials and then
jersey number. Seeking to promote sports and education amongst
Dallas and Toronto, Bosh set up the
Chris Bosh Foundation
and regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading.
1 Early life
2 College career
3 Professional career
Toronto Raptors (2003–2010)
3.1.1 Rookie year (2003–2004)
3.1.2 Heralded as the new hope (2004–2006)
3.1.3 Leader of the division champions (2006–2007)
3.1.4 Struggles (2007–2009)
3.1.5 Overhauling the roster (2009–2010)
Miami Heat (2010–2017)
3.2.1 Joining the Heat
3.2.2 Debut season (2010–2011)
3.2.3 Consecutive championships (2011–2013)
3.2.4 Coming up short (2013–2014)
3.2.5 Post-Big 3 era (2014–2017)
4 NBA career statistics
4.1 Regular season
5 National team career
6 Player profile
7 Honors and achievements
7.1 Other achievements
8 Off the court
8.1 Paternity lawsuit
9 See also
11 External links
Born in Dallas, Texas, to Noel and Freida Bosh,
Chris Bosh grew up
in Hutchins, Texas. A family-oriented person, Bosh often played
basketball in the house with his younger brother, Joel. By four
years of age, he began learning how to dribble a basketball in the
gym, where his dad played pick-up games. Although Bosh was always
tall since youth and this allowed him to out-rebound others in
basketball games, he only started learning the game around fourth
grade at a playground near his grandmother's house. Apart from
basketball, Bosh also played baseball up until high school, preferring
to play as a first baseman. Growing up, Bosh names his parents as
the biggest influences on his personality and considered NBA superstar
Kevin Garnett as his favorite athlete, modeling his play after him.
Academically, Bosh always did well in school, but he began to
garner significant attention from college recruiters when he led
Lincoln High School in
Dallas to the number one ranking in the country
USA Today National Championship with a perfect 40–0
The teenager went on to lead Lincoln High to win the Class 4A state
title as he racked up 23 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks. Bosh was
subsequently named High School Player of the Year by Basketball
Powerade Player of the Year in Texas; a first-team
All-American by Parade,
McDonald's and EA Sports; a second-team
USA Today and SLAM Magazine; a first-team all-state
player; and "Mr. Basketball" in Texas by the Texas Association of
Basketball Coaches. With his combination of grades and basketball
skills, Bosh was on a number of college recruiting lists. The
University of Florida
University of Florida and the
University of Memphis
University of Memphis made serious
attempts, but it was Paul Hewitt, coach of Georgia Tech, who made the
best impression. Bosh felt Hewitt would look out for his best
interests and respect his aspirations to play professional basketball;
moreover, Georgia Tech's transition offense impressed the teenager.
Bosh eventually chose to follow the footsteps of his cousin and aunt
and attended Georgia Tech to study graphic design and computer
imaging, and subsequently, management. There, he led the Yellow
Jackets in averaging 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 31
games, and led the
Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage
Antawn Jamison as the only freshmen ever to do so.
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. He left Georgia Tech after his freshman
season and entered the 2003 NBA draft. 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.
Toronto Raptors (2003–2010)
Bosh shooting a free throw during a game in the 2005–06 season
Rookie year (2003–2004)
In a strong draft class including future All-Stars LeBron James,
Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade, Bosh was selected fourth overall
Toronto Raptors in the 2003
NBA draft and was signed on July 8,
2003. Prior to his signing, however, other NBA teams made offers
for Bosh as they knew
Toronto needed a veteran scorer, and Raptors
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. Bosh was rewarded by being selected to the NBA
All-Rookie First Team for the 2003–04 season.
Heralded as the new hope (2004–2006)
Bosh and his teammates in a 2005–06 game against the Milwaukee
Bucks. From left: Pape Sow, Bosh, Mike James and Morris Peterson.
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. 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. Bosh
ended the 2004–05 season as the leading scorer and leading rebounder
for the team on 21 and 46 occasions respectively.
Prior to the 2005–06 season, Bosh was named as one of Toronto's team
captains. 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. 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. 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.
In March 2006, following a season-ending injury to Bosh, the
Raptors hit a 1–10 skid. 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.
Leader of the division champions (2006–2007)
Bosh improved his numbers in ppg and rpg in the 2006–07 season and
had to lead a vastly different team from the 2005–06 roster.
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. 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.
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.
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. On January 31, 2007, in
a game against the Washington Wizards, Bosh scored a 65-foot
(20 m) buzzer-beating shot to end the third quarter of the
game. He shot 15-of-15 after missing his first four shots.
Bosh's in-form streak enabled him to be selected Eastern Conference
Player of the Month for January 2007. He had averaged 25.4 points
and 9.1 rebounds while leading the Raptors to a 10–5 record in that
month. 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. Two days later, Bosh collected 29 points and 11 rebounds
against the Los Angeles Lakers, shooting 10-of-10 in the second
On March 28, 2007, Bosh became the new franchise record holder for
double doubles in a home win against the Miami Heat. He was named
Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the third time in his career
shortly after, having led
Toronto to clinch a playoff berth for
the first time 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
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. Toronto's
inexperience was evident as they struggled offensively throughout the
game, to eventually lose 96–91. 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,
Toronto forced Game 6 when they narrowly won 98–96 in Game
5. The Nets went on to clinch the series with a win in Game 6.
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 9.0 rpg for
the playoffs. He was named to the
All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Second Team at the end
of the 2006–07 campaign.
Bosh and the Raptors never surpassed the achievements of the 2006–07
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. 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
January 31, 2008, he was selected to be on the Eastern Conference team
for the 2008
NBA All-Star Game. Bosh missed 15 games throughout
the season, but the Raptors still managed to conclude the regular
season with a 41–41 record, thus clinching the sixth seed in the
Eastern Conference for the 2008 NBA Playoffs. 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 Bosh and Dwight
Howard. Howard dominated throughout the series, while Bosh had a
serires-best effort in Game 4 with 39 points and 15 rebounds.
Bryan Colangelo said at a press conference after the
series, "Whether it's protecting [Bosh] inside the paint, getting a
little bit more of a presence in there, to just getting him another
scorer that's going to shoulder some of that burden, it's something
that's clear we have to get better", hinting that the roster was in
need of an overhaul. Bosh said after the loss, "They played a
great series, they executed on offence and defense better than we did
and when it came to the small things, they did a better job... I can't
sit here and bark in protest that the better team didn't win. That's
pretty obvious. They beat us pretty good." Unlike the previous
campaign, Bosh was not named to any of the
To provide Bosh with an experienced frontcourt partner, the Raptors
pulled a blockbuster trade prior to the 2008–09 campaign: six-time
Jermaine O'Neal was acquired from the Indiana Pacers.
Bosh—who had won an Olympic gold medal with the national team at
Beijing 2008—started the season strong. 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. Despite the move, injuries and
weaknesses in the roster meant that the Raptors entered the All-Star
break 13 games under .500. On January 29, 2009, Bosh was named an
All-Star reserve, but an injury ruled him out of the game. 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. On April 20, 2009, Colangelo announced that he would
offer Bosh a contract extension during the summer, which Bosh
later refused to sign.
Overhauling the roster (2009–2010)
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.
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.
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. 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. After pulling
together a string of wins,
Toronto were .500 after 40 games. Bosh was
the league leader in double doubles at the time, being only one of two
players in the league who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds
a game. 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. 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 an injury to Bosh 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. 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. 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). However, Bosh was unable to play
in a pivotal match against the Bulls on April 11, 2010. The blowout
Toronto their tie-breaker and ultimately the eighth seed, as
the Bulls finished with 41 wins to Toronto's 40.
Miami Heat (2010–2017)
Joining the Heat
Bosh joined the Heat in 2010
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
having a documentary crew record his meetings with the teams
interested in signing him. On July 10, 2010, Bosh officially completed
a sign-and-trade deal with the Miami Heat, teaming up with Wade and
James. Bosh's parting message to the Raptors on his website
said, "[K]now 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.
Debut season (2010–2011)
Despite being widely tipped as contenders, the Heat got off to a
tentative 9–8 start. 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. That was the last game
Miami won, as
Dallas won the next three to win its first ever
championship. Bosh was seen sobbing as he walked to the locker room
following the loss.
Consecutive championships (2011–2013)
Bosh in a layup line before a game against the
Dallas Mavericks vs
Miami Heat on December 20, 2012
On January 5, 2012, Bosh 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 0.06 seconds left to play in
the fourth quarter. 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 14.0 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. In Game 1 of the
Conference Semifinals 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 seven 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 his first
NBA Championship. Bosh scored 24 points in the deciding Game 5 and
averaged 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in the Finals.
Bosh remained the Heat's starting center during the 2012–13 season.
On February 15, 2013, Bosh was picked as an All-Star starter over the
Rajon Rondo by coach Erik Spoelstra. The Heat achieved the
league's best record and swept through the first round of the playoffs
Milwaukee Bucks before defeating the
Chicago Bulls in five
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, James missed a
three-pointer, and Bosh grabbed the offensive rebound and found a wide
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 Heat
still won the game and the series to claim their second consecutive
Coming up short (2013–2014)
In the 2013–14 season, Bosh played and started in 79 games,
averaging 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He also hit a
career-high 74 three point shots on 33 percent shooting from beyond
the arc. In the playoffs, Bosh helped the Heat return to the NBA
Finals, where they faced the
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs once again. This time,
however, the Heat were outclassed by the Spurs, as they lost the
series in five games.
Post-Big 3 era (2014–2017)
On July 30, 2014, Bosh re-signed with the Heat after LeBron James
announced he was leaving Miami to return to the Cleveland
Cavaliers. 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. He
went on to miss eight games before returning on December 29 against
the Orlando Magic. After playing in the 2015 All-Star Game, Bosh
was admitted to a Miami hospital for lung tests during the All-Star
break. On February 21, 2015, he was ruled out for the
remainder of the season due to a blood clot in one of his lungs.
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. On November 10, 2015, he scored a
then season-high 30 points in a 101–88 win over the Los Angeles
Lakers. On December 28, 2015, 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, 2016, he recorded a season-high
31 points and 11 rebounds in a 103–100 overtime win over the Indiana
Pacers. 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. 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.
In September 2016, Bosh failed his physical exam with the Heat and was
not cleared by the team to participate in training camp. 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. That quickly changed, however, due to numerous
setbacks accredited to continued blood clotting. 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. On May 24, 2017, Bosh and the Heat reportedly
reached a unique parting agreement in which he would leave the Heat
without taking up their salary cap for the 2017–18 season. On
June 2, 2017, the NBA ruled that Bosh's blood clotting issues were a
career-ending illness, meaning the
Miami Heat were able to remove his
contract from their salary cap once they officially release him.
On July 4, 2017, the Heat announced that they had waived Bosh, ending
a seven-year stint with the organization. Out of respect, Heat
Pat Riley said following Bosh's release, "The number '1'
will never be worn by another player and we can't wait to someday hang
his jersey in the rafters".
In November 2017, Bosh noted that he planned to "keep [his] options
open as a player", and in February 2018, he declared himself on
the comeback trail, having refused to rule out a return to the
NBA career statistics
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Denotes seasons in which Bosh won an NBA Championship
National team career
Bosh with Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
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.
After his NBA career began, Bosh was named in March 2006 to the
United States men's national basketball team
United States men's national basketball team program, and
helped lead the team to a 5–0 record during its pre-World
Championship tour. 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. Bosh was ranked sixth in field goal percentage.
Following the 2006–07 season, Bosh was named to the team that would
compete in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship. 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
In June 2012, Bosh withdrew his name from consideration for the 2012
Olympics in London to recover from a lower abdominal strain that kept
him out of some playoff games.
You are not going to see a whole lot of screaming and hollering at
guys... He is a guy that is going to pull somebody aside and say it in
a positive way, and I think it goes a lot farther that way.
Anthony Parker on Bosh's leadership
The mid-range jump shot is one of Bosh's trademark moves.
Bosh has traditionally played the power forward position, including
during his first season with the Miami Heat. However, starting in the
2011–12 season, he began to start at center and played the position
during the team's consecutive championships. 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
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. I don't know if we
have somebody to play Bosh, to tell you the truth." When he was
the centerpiece of the Raptors' offense, Bosh was often double teamed,
and he was noted to unselfishly pass the ball to teammates who were in
better shooting positions. He improved his shooting range when he
worked on his three-point shooting during the summer of 2006 and
showed improvement in the 2006–07 season. On November 8, 2006,
against the Philadelphia 76ers, he hit a game-winning three-point shot
with 6.1 seconds left. It was reminiscent of the shot that marked
his "arrival" to the NBA in his first season, when he hit a game-tying
three-pointer against Houston to send the game to overtime. When
the 2006–07 season concluded, Bosh had shot .343 from the three
point arc for the season; he improved to .400 the following
season. Despite his ability to hit three-pointers, it was during
his tenure with the
Miami Heat that he began to be relied upon as one
of the team's outside shooters, taking multiple three-pointers
throughout the 2012 and 2013 championship runs. During the 2013–14
season, Bosh shot and made more three-pointers than at any point
during his career, and continued to make crucial shots during the
Bosh is noted for his leadership. When he was the leader of the
Raptors, he was not known for being vocal on the court, preferring to
maintain his quiet and humble demeanor but expecting his teammates to
match his work ethic. However, Bosh was also known to deliver
stern rebukes to teammates who make bad calls on the court.
Throughout his career, comparisons have been made between him and
Kevin Garnett due to their similar style of play and physique.
Honors and achievements
NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month: January 2007
9× NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week: January 3, 2005;
January 30, 2006; March 26, 2007; January 7, 2008; October 28, 2008;
February 1, 2010; April 5, 2010; December 23, 2013; October 28, 2014
NBA Atlantic Division Champion: 2007
4× NBA Southeast Division Champion: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
2× NBA Champion: 2012, 2013
11× NBA All-Star: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,
2014, 2015, 2016
All-NBA Second Team: 2007
NBA All-Rookie Team: 2004
2× NBA Rookie All-Star Game: 2004, 2005
NBA Shooting Stars champion 2013, 2014, 2015
Bronze medal winner with Team USA at the 2006 FIBA World Championship
Gold medal winner with Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Third-youngest player in NBA history to record 1,000 rebounds
Fourth-youngest player in NBA history to record 20 points and 20
rebounds in a game
Toronto's all-time leader in minutes played
Toronto's first player to achieve 10,000 points
Toronto's all-time leader in rebounds
Toronto's all-time leader in defensive rebounds
Toronto's all-time leader in offensive rebounds
Toronto's all-time leader in rebounds per game
Toronto's all-time leader in rebounds per game in a season
Toronto's all-time leader in blocks
Toronto's all-time leader in free throws made
Toronto's all-time leader in free throws made in a season
Toronto's all-time leader in free throws attempted
Toronto's all-time leader in free throws attempted in a season
Toronto's all-time leader in double-doubles
Toronto's all-time leader in double-doubles in a season
NBA Sportsmanship Award (divisional winner): 2007–08
Off the court
Bosh at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards
Besides his on-the-court exploits, Bosh was a National Honor Society
member and graduated with honors from Lincoln. He is also a member
National Society of Black Engineers
National Society of Black Engineers and the
of Minority Engineers. Following his success in the NBA, Bosh soon
had his own
YouTube channel, and has since made various TV
appearances. In December 2009, First Ink, a DVD featuring comedic
digital shorts and a documentary about Bosh, was released. The DVD was
filmed during the summer of 2009. A fan of the
X-Men cartoon as a
child, Bosh voiced the Marvel character Heimdall in an episode of Hulk
and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. in 2014. He has also made
appearances of episodes of Entourage and Parks and Recreation.
In the field of philanthropy, Bosh established the Chris Bosh
Foundation in 2004. Remembering the challenges he faced as a youth,
Bosh founded the organization to help younger people in academics and
athletics. The Foundation, with programs in
Toronto and Dallas,
has worked closely with organizations such as the
Olympics to raise important funding for community projects. Bosh's
mother, Freida, has served as CEO of the Foundation. As an avid
reader, Bosh also regularly speaks to groups of children about the
benefits of reading, and has received the NBA Community Assist
Award for his active contributions for the Raptors community
development program in
Dallas during the course of the NBA
campaign. In November 2008, Bosh pledged to donate $75,000 to the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. He is also an advocate for
increased computer literacy in schools, supporting the non-profit
In July 2011, Bosh married Adrienne Williams. The couple have
four children, three sons and one daughter.
Bosh has dabbled in hip-hop production. In 2017, alongside record
producer, songwriter, and singer Rico Love, Bosh co-produced a song
titled "Miss My Woe" by Gucci Mane. The song is featured on
Gucci's eleventh studio album titled, Mr. Davis.
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
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