Chris Bosh weighs in on obstacles retiring NBA players face
Chris Bosh, who last played during the 2015-16 season, still holds on to hope he can resurrect his NBA career despite the perception longstanding health issues related to blood clots may prevent it. The NBA superstar, 33, is beginning to recognize the myriad obstacles players face after walking away from basketball.
In a candid discussion with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Bosh discusses a sobering, newfound perspective to how difficult it is for retiring players to adapt to a basketball-free life. Bosh personally admits the notion his blood-clotting health issue may be career-ending left him depressed.
“You go from being with the guys all the time, in the locker room, in practice, having a militarized brain in terms of this schedule, and then all of a sudden you are on your own,” Bosh tells MacMullan. “You lose a sense of purpose, you lose a sense of yourself. And you lose confidence. You find yourself saying, ‘I was the best at this and now I’m not the best.’ You have to deal with not being very good. You have to deal with people no longer catering to you.
“You start feeling forgotten. You don’t get as many phone calls. You don’t stay at the forefront of people’s minds. It’s natural, it’s life, you have to understand what’s happening, but I definitely see why the divorce rate is so high, and why players go broke.
“Guys spend all their money trying to capture that feeling again. You can’t eat at Prime 112 [Restaurant] every night anymore. There’s this never-ending search for that feeling that you once had, and it can cost you.”
Regarding an unlikely career comeback, Bosh, despite the odds stacked against him, is still holding out hope.
“I’m going to give [playing] one more shot,” he says. “That’s all it is — a shot.
“I’m at a space in my life where I see gifts I’ve been given, and if it ends, it’s been a helluva ride. I did more than I’d ever think I’d do. The next [goal] was longevity, 25,000 points and 15,000 rebounds, but that’s not going to happen … I’ve accepted that.”