Miami Heat retiring Chris Bosh's number is absolute right thing to do


Bosh played six seasons for the Heat, averaging 18 points and 7.3 rebounds in 384 games, making the All-Star team each season. But in a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Pat Riley made it clear that nothing about Bosh's accomplishments in Miami would be forgotten.

Bosh was an 11-time All-Star and left Toronto after seven seasons to join the Heat in 2010.

In a classy move, the team also announced that Bosh's No. 1 will be retired, never to be worn again by a Heat player.

The immediate result for the Heat is that the remaining $52 million on his contract over the next two years will be cleared, and the team's salary-cap space will become about $37 million. "He changed our lives for the better, in a way we never would have imagined when he joined the Heat". Bosh still gets that salary, plus $26.8 million for next season, and in theory could continue his career - if another team declares him fit to play.

The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh have been headed towards a split for months now. The 11-time All-Star helped lead Miami to two National Basketball Association titles in his seven seasons with the team. Even when he did return to the court for the first part of the 2015-16 season after his blood clot problems kept him out of the back half of the prior season, he looked just as good as ever. He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise.



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