The Miami Heat honored one of their all-time greatest players on Tuesday night by retiring his #1 jersey.
Chris Bosh, who was part of the Heat’s “Big 3” from 2010-2016, which also included LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, was honored with a ceremony prior to the Heat’s game against the Orlando Magic.
Bosh was part of two teams that brought championships to Miami in 2012 and 2013. He also made six All-Star teams in his six seasons in a Heat uniform.
His career was cut short at only 32 years old in 2016 after dealing with blood clots in his lungs and legs that prevented him from playing the sport.
The 6 foot 10 inch big man delivered an emotional speech, thanking the Miami Heat organization and the fans of the Heat in both English and Spanish, in a nod to Miami’s large Latino community.
It’s certainly easy to see why he was so beloved in Miami, as he was both an excellent player and a player that had a close connection with the team’s fanbase ever since signing for the Heat in 2010.
Bosh spent the first seven years of his career as a member of the Toronto Raptors.
He now enters the lore of the Heat franchise, and no player for Miami will ever again wear his #1.