There is something so inherently loveable about Chris Bosh.
He’s quirky, goofy, and known league-wide as one of the coolest dudes in the game.
It only spoke to Bosh’s chilled out nature when he transitioned from being Toronto’s superstar to Miami’s third option without any fuss whatsoever.
He was one of the biggest (but least celebrated) reasons the Heat won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.
So, when it came time to retire his jersey last night, the love in the building was palpable.
And yet it was an inevitable reality that among all the joy, there were undertones of sadness.
Having been diagnosed with blood clots at 30-years-of-age, the NBA lost Bosh far too soon.
And as heart-warming as it was to have him back in the Miami spotlight last night, it seemed cruel that one night was all it could be.
- Lonzo Ball has covered his BBB tattoo as he continues to severe ties with the company (and I say “company” that in the loosest sense of the word).
- Chris Paul says Giannis beating Harden last night should have no bearing on the MVP vote.
- Kobe Bryant wants you to know he’s the GOAT, MJ is second and LeBron is third. To be fair, Kobe was heavily prodded before he dropped that little piece of revisionist history.
- The Magic have bumped the Heat out of the 8-seed and final playoffs run for Dwyane Wade is in serious jeopardy.
- Tim Hardaway believes an anti-gay rant is what’s keeping him out of the Hall of Fame.
- Adidas took out a James Harden MVP ad in a Milwaukee newspaper (and here is Brook Lopez reading it).
- I made the case for Giannis to win MVP (and am currently working on getting the article published in a Houston newspaper).
- The Clippers officially clinched a playoff spot and Doc Rivers let the doubters know all about it.
Blazers at Bulls, 8pm
Warriors at Grizzlies, 8pm
Pacers at Thunder, 8pm (ESPN)
Wizards at Suns, 10pm
Lakers at Jazz, 10:30pm (ESPN)
All times Eastern.