Chris Bosh said he will no longer pursue an NBA career after having not played in the league since the 2015-16 season. He’ll retire at the same time his jersey is retired next month by the Miami Heat.
“That part of my life is over. That has been a tough thing to deal with but I’m good, which has taken a long time [for me to accept] … I could have kept playing. But man, that time has passed. I’ve made the decision not to pursue it anymore.”
The 11-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion last played with the Miami Heat at 31 years old, but blood clots kept him out. He later failed a physical.
The Heat will retire his jersey March 26 and Bosh noted he might tear up “knowing that that part of my life is over.”
“That has been a tough thing to deal with, but I’m good,” he said.
Bosh said as recently as a year ago he was trying “pretty adamantly” to return and would have taken a lesser role with a pay cut.
“Just give me like $12 [million], $15 [million], sit down and let the young guys do it,” he said. “I can mosey on back on defense. I don’t really have to try that hard on defense.”
Bosh averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game over his 13-year career. The Toronto Raptors drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft.
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