Raps Should Retire Bosh's Jersey
11-time all-star Chris Bosh, who hadn't played since 2015-16' due to blood clots in his leg, announced his retirement last week. Winning two NBA titles in Miami, Bosh will get his number retired next month in South Beach. As much as Bosh had success in Miami, he spent the first seven seasons in Toronto as a Raptor. One day Vince Carter will have his name in the rafters at Scotiabank Arena and same will be said of DeMar DeRozan, the question is does Chris Bosh get his number retired in Toronto too? Only 5 players have had their jerseys retired by two different teams.
With Vince Carter was on his way out of Toronto, the Raptors would build around their young all-star. Bosh became the focal point of the team and emerged as the franchise player. Bosh's stats improved as he averaged over 16 points that season and nearly averaged a double-double. Toronto finished 4th in the Atlantic division winning just 33 games but they at least had something positive to look forward in their young Power Forward.
Bosh got better the next season, averaging over 22 points and was named an all-star for the first time, becoming just the 3rd Raptor to represent them at an all-star game. In 2006-07 Toronto made the playoffs in Bosh's fourth season in Toronto. It was a big millstone and despite not having an impressive roster, Toronto won the Atlantic division for the first time in team history. Bosh finished 7th in M.V.P voting, which was the only time Bosh was in the top 10 of MVP voting. However, they couldn't replicate their regular season success in the playoffs as they got bounced out by Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets.
The next season Toronto would make the playoffs but finished second in the Atlantic at an even record of 41-41. Bosh added the three-point shot to his arsenal, averaging a career-best 40 percent behind the arc and made it to his third straight year all-star game. Once again the Raptors couldn't get past the first round with a loss to the Orlando Magic. With his draft mates having some success early in their careers (with Wade having won a title, and James making it to a Finals) Bosh's Raptors just couldn't get over the hump. While making the playoffs was good, Toronto needed to do more to be a championship contender, and part of the problem was nobody was willing to come to Toronto.
Toronto would dip into the free agent pool in the summer of 2009 signing the 2008 most improved player Hedo Turkoglu to a 5 year, 53 million contract. It was a disappointment, to say the least. Bosh had career highs in rebounds (10.8) and points (24.0), but Toronto missed the playoffs.
The summer of 2010 saw Bosh go to Miami. Even though he would have made more money and would continue to be the number one player on the team if he stayed in Toronto, Bosh wanted to win and took less money. Toronto couldn't consistently win with Bosh. Not giving him any significant help and knowing that Toronto would be a hard sell for big-name players to sign as free agents, Bosh felt it was the right time to move on. As said on the ringer podcast with Bill Simmons.
Bosh was the Raptors all-time leader in points and free throws at the time of his departure from Toronto, and he still leads the franchise in blocks and rebounds. Bosh more than any other player in Raptors history put the team on his back and to his credit, he never tried to push for a trade like countless others had before him, leaving Toronto on bitter terms. With constant changes to coaching staff and front office regimes, the Raptors just could do anything for their all-star and just couldn't contain stability as a franchise. At the end of the day, Bosh was a vital part of the Raptors organization and the game of basketball in Toronto. The Raptors should retire his number.