How will Chris Bosh be remembered?

Jan 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) talks with center Chris Bosh (1), guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) talks with center Chris Bosh (1), guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

Sacrifice

All of the above is a harsh assessment for someone who sacrificed personal greatness to win at the highest level. It’s especially harsh for someone who is regarded by all as one of the best all-around people the league has known. Add in the heartbreaking nature of how his career is likely ending, and it’s impossible not to feel bad for Chris Bosh.

The most interesting question to ask is whether he would make the same decision again. There’s little doubt that had he signed with a different team in that fateful Summer of ’10 – or even if LeBron James just chose to sign elsewhere – casual fans would see Bosh in a different light altogether.

Before going to Miami, he finished in the top 10 in league scoring three straight times and in rebounding twice. With the Heat, his scoring and rebounding numbers decreased each year, never reaching the 20 and 10 he hit with Toronto, and bottoming out at 16 and 6.

The first post LeBron season? Back up to 21 ppg. He didn’t forget how to lead a team.