Today, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA named Chris Bosh as an inductee to the Hall Of Fame Class Of 2021. Bosh will be inducted at the Class Of 2021 Enshrinement Ceremony on September 11.
Named Texas Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American in high school, Bosh declared for the NBA Draft after one season playing college basketball for Georgia Tech that saw him awarded ACC Rookie Of The Year. He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 4th overall pick in the historic 2003 draft and made an immediate impact, being named to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Following 5 All-Star appearances with the Toronto Raptors — as well as an Olympic Gold Medal-winning stint on the 2008 USA Basketball team — Bosh then signed with the Miami Heat. As part of the Big 3 alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Bosh was named to six more All-Star teams and was a key cog in two championship-winning seasons.
While a health condition forced Bosh to retire early, his impact on both the Miami Heat franchise and the NBA at-large was deeply felt. His versatile inside-out game helped usher in the small-ball revolution, and, in 2019, the Miami Heat retired Bosh’s no. 1 jersey.
Following his retirement, Bosh has brought his signature work ethic to his newfound passion for writing. His first book, Letters To A Young Athlete, is out June 1 on Penguin. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poetand Wynton Marsalis’ To A Young Jazz Musician, Letters To A Young Athleterecounts the life lessons that Bosh wants to pass along to athletes of all stripes, from insights on diversifying your interests and strengths to words of wisdom passed along from icons like Kobe Bryant and Coach K. “Whether you want to improve as an athlete or just gain a more thoughtful perspective on this game of life, you will be inspired by this book,” says Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Aside from his writing pursuits, Bosh has remained busy. He is a father of five children, an advocate for technology education in underserved communities, and a musician and music executive who has produced tracks for Gucci Mane and heads his own Austin-based label, Daddy Jack, which looks to be very active through the end of 2021. He also produces a weekly newsletter The Last Chip that recounts his time as part of the Miami Heat’s Big 3.
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