A two-time NBA Champion, an 11-time All-Star, and an all-NBA Second Team are all among the several achievements Chris Bosh has accomplished throughout his 13-year playing career.
This past Saturday, Bosh accomplished what many would consider the biggest achievement of all of them, and that is an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On the surface of things, Bosh had an excellent basketball career, but it was unfortunately cut short due to blood clotting issues.
Many people were left wondering just how much more Bosh could’ve achieved, including himself.
“After finally making it to the mountain top with so much more to do in my mind, so much more to prove, suddenly it all stopped,” Bosh said. “
By now I don’t have to tell you that there were plenty of tears that day and in the days since. But in going through those crossroads, I eventually came to realize that we all have it in our power to make the most out of every day despite what happens to turn setbacks into strengths.
Because in a way, that’s the lesson I’ve been learning my whole life.
I would like to think that all those tears from me crying … they weren’t endings, they were beginnings. They weren’t moments that made me want to stop working.
They were moments that made me want to work even harder. And when I think about it, they were more than tears. They were the water that made it possible for the seeds of greatness inside me to grow.”
Bosh had the pleasure to play with the late Kobe Bryant for Team USA during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as he quickly learned about what made Bryant great.
Bosh had a goal of being the first player at breakfast in the mornings, but he saw Bryant, who was coming off a recent Finals loss to the Boston Celtics, already there finished with his workout, leaving him shocked.
“That taught me something I’ve never forgotten: Legends aren’t defined by their successes; they’re defined by how they bounce back from their failures,” Bosh said. “And that’s what I hope to communicate to anyone watching this, especially to kids.”
Bosh had a successful seven-year run with the Toronto Raptors to start off his career, as he was able to bring them back to the playoffs just two seasons after Vince Carter was traded to the then-New Jersey Nets.
The Raptors were largely written off by the entire basketball universe following Carter’s departure from the team, but Bosh blossomed in his newfound role as the face of the franchise, which helped Toronto regain relevance quicker than expected.
Unfortunately, the Raptors were never able to build a good enough squad around Bosh to make deep playoff runs, so Chris Bosh eventually moved on to the Miami Heat, where he was able to win two rings next to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
In life, many people face setbacks, but if there is anything we can learn from Bosh, it’s that you can turn a losing situation in your life into a winning one.