Heat raise Bosh’s No. 1 jersey to the rafters

On Tuesday, Bosh became the fourth Heat player to have his jersey lifted to the rafters of the American Airlines Arena. Essentially the entire arena stood up as the jersey rose and several Heat greats spoke to honor Bosh.

“When I was down and out, when I was going through things, you guys taught me how to rebound,” Bosh said. “Thank you.”

All of the current Heat players and several from past teams, including Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier and Juwan Howard, were on the court to watch the ceremony.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Heat president Pat Riley spoke for the group saying: “He’s not just a superstar. He’s an incredible super human. I just want to welcome Chris Bosh, forever and always, a lifer of the Miami Heat.”1

Dwyane Wade introduced Bosh as “one of the greatest players to ever live” and “the piece and the person that made the Big Three era legendary.” He also acknowledged Bosh as the “greatest videobomber in NBA history.”

Bosh went last, and of course he had plenty of jokes at Wade’s expense. He also was emotional at several points in the ceremony and delivered a portion of his speech in Spanish to honor Miami’s large Spanish-speaking community, a move that drew an extraordinary amount of cheers.

Bosh will also be remembered as one of the trailblazers for what has become the stretch-5 position. His combination of size, athleticism, speed, playmaking ability and, later in his career, 3-point shooting makes him a rare talent in NBA history.

The colorful personality, selflessness in one of the era’s first superteams and dominance over the 13 NBA seasons he played speaks for itself.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I’ll see you guys in Springfield,” Bosh said somewhat jokingly about the Hall of Fame. “It’s easy. I was pretty good, so I’ll make it pretty easy on the committee.”

Bosh’s bout with blood clots abruptly ended his NBA career and will inevitably be a part of his story. He spent multiple years trying to get doctors, lawyers and the Heat to continue his NBA career, and it didn’t work.