Professional basketball player Chris Bosh who is with the National Basketball Association (NBA) is best known for playing alongside Lebron James and Dwayne Wade for the Miami Heat, with whom he won two championships.
The Texas native, who was crowned “Mr. Basketball” in High School, an honor presented annually by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches to the top high school basketball player in the state of Texas, is also a five-time NBA All-Star and a gold medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics with the U.S. national team.
Born Christopher Wesson Bosh on March 24, 1984, in Dallas, Texas, to Noel and Freida Bosh, Christopher Bosh began falling in love with the game of Basketball at around the age of four, having followed and watched his father play pick-up games. He, however, started learning and playing basketball actively when he was in the fourth grade. He also played baseball but chose to concentrate on basketball when he entered high school.
Bosh attended Lincoln High School in Dallas where he excelled both academically and in sports. He graduated with honors and also led his school to the No. 1 ranking in the country, by helping it to win the USA Today National Championship with a perfect season of 40 wins and zero losses. His performances during the season earned him numerous awards including the High School Player of the Year by Basketball America, Powerade Player of the Year in Texas, a first-team All-American by Parade, McDonald’s and EA Sports, and the “Mr. Basketball” title.
With all these accomplishments, many colleges tried to recruit the upcoming star. Bosh, however, opted to join Georgia Tech to study computer imaging, graphic design, and management. On the sports side, he admired the school’s basketball team’s transition offense, but most importantly, he felt that its coach, Paul Hewitt, would look out for his interests and help guide him to play professional basketball. It also helped that his cousin and aunt were both alumni of the school.
In his first season as a freshman with the team, Bosh averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 31 games. He also led the Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage, becoming one of only two freshmen to ever do so. After that year, Bosh chose to leave college and play basketball professionally by entering the 2003 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the fourth overall pick. Bosh’s future Miami Heat teammates; Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony were selected ahead of him.
In his rookie season, Bosh who played the power forward position was played out of his normal position, as a center, but still managed to average 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 33.5 minutes in 75 games, leading all rookies in rebounding and blocks. He also set a franchise record for most rebounds in a rookie season. His performance did not go unnoticed as he was rewarded by being selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 2003–04 season. His coaches spoke very highly of him during this time, praising him for his willingness to play despite pain and injuries.
The following year, Bosh became the leader of the team following the departure of Vince Carter. That year, he improved on all his stats which led to him being awarded his first ever NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week title. He ended the 2004-05 season as the team’s leading scorer and leading rebounder.
From then on, Bosh grew from height to height; leading the team in different categories and getting selected to start the All-Star games, as well as being included in the All-NBA teams. By 2010, Bosh had become the Toronto Raptors’ all-time leader in total points scored and in the number of double-doubles in a season. He was also one of two players in the league who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
At the end of that season, he chose to part ways with the franchise and sign a trade deal with the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh became part of the newly formed Big Three in Miami, teaming up with James and Wade. In his first season in South Beach, Bosh and the Heat won 58 games in the 82-game regular season. In the playoffs, Miami beat Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago to get to the finals. There they fell to Dallas, despite leading the series 2-1.
The following season, Bosh and his teammates got their act together and this time, beat the Oklahoma City Thunder to win his first ever NBA Championship. He became a consecutive NBA Championship winner the next season after Miami overcame the San Antonio Spurs in the 2012-13 season.
In the 2013-14 season, The Heat again breezed to the finals to face last years finalists, Spurs again. This time, they lost the series in five games which led to the end of the Big Three era in Miami. Bosh resigned with Miami after Lebron James opted to leave but was hit with injuries which marred his season. He, however, overcame the injuries only to be diagnosed with a blood clot in one of his lungs two months later, ruling him out for the season.
Chris Bosh, after taking the season off to get treated for the blood clot in his lung, came back the following season in November 2015 to pick up from where he left off. He recorded a season-high 30 points in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers as well as another season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Indiana Pacers.
However, in 2016, Bosh was again diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg after failing a medical test. He sat out the rest of the season and was later released from his contract with the Heat. Out of respect, Heat president Pat Riley said that no other player would ever wear Bosh’s number 1 jersey.
“The number ‘1’ will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters,” said Riley.
Chris Bosh’s Net Worth
Chris Bosh is estimated to have a net worth of $50 million. This is thanks to his annual salary of about $23.7 million per year. He also has a number of endorsement deals, the most recent being with Janessen Pharmaceuticals for their blood thinner Xarelto, following his battle with blood clots.
Bosh has gone ahead to establish the Chris Bosh Foundation which helps young people in Toronto and Dallas with academics and athletics.
Family (Wife, Kids, Gay?)
Chris Bosh is happily married to Adrienne Williams. The couple got married in 2011 and have four children; three sons (Dylan, Jackson, Lennox), and one daughter (Phoenix) together. Bosh also has a daughter (Trinity) from a previous relationship.
His sexuality has in the past been called into question, with rumors saying that the 6 foot 11 inches baller is gay. Bosh has debunked those rumors saying he is straight, before admitting that he has a brother and some associates who are gay.
Birth Name: Christopher Wesson Bosh
Birth Date: March 24, 1984
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, United States
Profession: Basketball Player
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Net Worth: $50 Million