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Chris Bosh
Bosh with the Miami Heat in 2011
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born March 24, 1984 (1984-03-24) (age 35)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
High school Lincoln (Dallas, Texas)
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College Georgia Tech (2002–2003)
NBA Draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2010 Toronto Raptors
2010–2017 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× NBA champion (2012, 2013)
  • 11× NBA All-Star (2006–2016)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2007)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
  • 3× NBA Shooting Stars champion (2013–2015)
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2003)
  • Texas Mr. Basketball (2002)

Christopher Wesson Bosh (born March 24, 1984) is a former American professional basketball player who was unfortunately forced to retire due to severe blood clots in his lungs. It was deemed a career ending by the league, and he can only return to the NBA if he is deemed healthy, which is highly unprobable, since doctors have expressed many times that this injury is very severe, and might lead to death. 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 the 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 fan-favorite Vince Carter as the face and leader of the Raptors franchise.

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 4–1 in the 2012 NBA Finals. He won his second title in 2013 as the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.

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 youths in Dallas and Toronto, Bosh set up the Chris Bosh Foundation and regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading.

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