KEY POINTS

  • Bosh disappointed with Hall of Fame snub
  • Bosh will eventually be named to Basketball HOF
  • Bosh saw an untimely stop to his NBA career

The finalists for the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame included names like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan. There were understandably a lot of other players left out. Considering the number of talented basketball stars out there, it would be hard to single out the ones who really made an impact.

Bryant will undoubtedly be the first one to come to mind following his untimely death. Most know what Garnett brought to the game, same with Duncan. The three were part of the eight finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020. Per Yahoo Sports, the other finalists are Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, NBA coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Bentley University women’s coach Barbara Stevens, longtime men’s college coach Eddie Sutton, and WNBA player Tamika Catchings.

For those who have followed basketball for some time, debate on left out names is expected. One name is Chris Bosh, a player who was forced to untimely retirement due to blood-clotting issues. Looking at his resume, the 6-foot-11 has practically done it all. He owns two NBA titles and is an 11-time All-Star. He also represented the gold medal-winning USA team in the Olympics. Bosh was also part of the 2006 FIBA World Championship squad and the 2002 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, both of which bagged the bronze.

There is no denying that Bosh deserves recognition, and it may come at some point moving forward. However, the 35-year-old was pretty disappointed because he would have been in great company alongside Bryant, Garnett, and Duncan. He opened up about his disappointment on Instagram.

“I’m not gonna lie and I’ll get right to it, I’m disappointed I won’t be in the HOF this year, especially with this amazing class of players I have looked up to throughout my career,” Bosh said. “BUT sometimes things don’t work out the way you want, and you HAVE to move on. You can’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or blaming other people. You have to put in the work and get moving.”

Life goes on for Bosh he was deprived of NBA playing years due to a medical condition. His time of recognition will come and this snub should mellow down at some point. He last saw action during the 2015-16 NBA season and holds career averages of 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 893 games.

Chris Bosh Miami Heat The Boston Celtics make sense as a landing spot for Chris Bosh in 2017 NBA free agency. Pictured: Bosh boxes out Jared Sullinger during a game at AmericanAirlines Arena on Jan. 21, 2014 in Miami. Photo: Getty Images