Chris Bosh ready to see his jer­sey re­tired by Mi­ami Heat

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Tues­day’s game might eas­ily be Mi­ami’s big­gest of the sea­son; it’s against the Or­lando Magic, bat­tling the Heat for an Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off spot. Still, when Bosh’s jer­sey is re­tired at half­time Spoel­stra plans to have the Heat on-court for the cer em on y.

“I want them to see the love that this city has for CB and for us to honor him in the right way in our build­ing,” Spoel­stra said. “You only do that for true cham­pi­ons like CB and the kind of hu­man be­ing that CB is. You don’t do that for av­er­age guys.”

It’s fit­ting that Bosh gets a ban­ner all his own, since there’s no fewer than six others in the arena — four Eastern Con­fer­ence ones, two NBA cham­pi­onship ones — that might not be there with­out him. When the Heat formed the “Big 3” that also had LeBron James and Dwyane Wade back in 2010, Bosh was the first to com­mit to be­ing part of that trio.

Had he gone else­where, who knows what would have hap­pened.

“All we’ve wanted now for CB is for him to have his health and hap­pi­ness,” James said ear­lier this sea­son.

There was also, of course, The Mo­ment.

Game 6, 2013 NBA Fi­nals, San An­to­nio at Mi­ami, Spurs lead­ing the se­ries 3-2 and up by three, sec­onds away from a ti­tle. Bosh will never for­get the play called Pis­tol Ham­mer — some­thing Spoel­stra made the Heat prac­tice at ev­ery shootaround, and some­thing they never ran un­til that mo­ment.

The play sort of fell apart, but James still got a 3-pointer off. It missed badly and Bosh, see­ing the flight the whole way, knew where to go for the re­bound. He grabbed it and passed to Ray Allen for the mem­o­rable game-ty­ing 3-pointer.

The Heat beat San An­to­nio in over­time by three, after Bosh read a botched cov­er­age and blocked Danny Green’s 3point try at the buzzer. Mi­ami won Game 7 for its se­cond straight ti­tle.

“It al­ways gives me the chills,” Bosh said. “It makes me cringe a lit­tle bit be­cause it shows you how quickly things can change.”

Some­times, change is great.

Some­times, not.

His first known bat­tle with blood clots came dur­ing the All-Star break in 2015, when he felt ill dur­ing a va­ca­tion with Wade and others. Days later, he was ruled out for the re­main­der of the sea­son. He re­turned the next year, per­formed at a high level again — but knew as soon as he got to Toronto that some­thing was wrong with his calf.

An­other clot was found. Bosh never played again. He wanted to and was es­tranged from the Heat for a con­sid­er­able amount of time, and the rift only started to close after a three-hour lunch with Heat Pres­i­dent Pat Ri­ley. The Heat told Bosh they weren’t budg­ing, that they cared too much about his health to let him play.

Bosh got the re­main­ing $52 mil­lion on his $118 mil­lion con­tract. In the fi­nan­cial sense, he was made whole. But he never learned why the clots kept hap­pen­ing. And a year ago, at the All-Star week­end in Los An­ge­les, Bosh’s wife Adri­enne had enough — she pulled her hus­band aside, told him to end his self-de­scribed “pity party”and start en­joy­ing be­ing around the game and his friends again.

“I feel great now,” Bosh said. “Things are great. Things are re­ally, re­ally good.”

So now, it’s a more nor­mal life. Trash day is Wed­nes­day. Re­cy­cling hap­pens on the se­cond and fourth Wed­nes­days. He loves mak­ing mu­sic. He’s get­ting bet­ter at art. He can’t stand the idea of time away from his kids.

And on Tues­day night, his Heat num­ber gets re­tired.

“I’m very happy with where I’m at, with how I feel,” Bosh said. “That’s what is most im­por­tant. I couldn’t even imag­ine try­ing to play bas­ket­ball again. So I had a pretty solid run. And yeah, it’s over. But it was a pretty solid run.”

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