Chris Bosh may be forced to retire

As part of the 2003 NBA Draft, one of the most stacked drafts in NBA history that featured the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh was selected fifth overall by the Toronto Raptors. After a number of semi-successful seasons in Toronto in terms of individual stats, Bosh teamed up with James as they both joined Wade in Miami in 2011. After a handful of successful seasons there, which included multiple consecutive Eastern Conference Finals Championships and multiple trips to the NBA Finals (along with back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013), Bosh has been sidelined off and on for the last 2 seasons as a result of blood clots and other health related issues.

As a result of this recurring problem, doctors may never clear Bosh to take the floor again in a Miami Heat uniform, which is a big blow not only financially, but also because of the fact that Bosh signed a massive deal after the departure of LeBron James, and, if the franchise and the fans had hoped that Wade and Bosh could continue for the next few years as a formidable one-two punch, it looks as though that just isn't going to happen.

Miami Heat in dire straits?

Despite the fact that the Miami Heat showed some real heart and tenacity by forcing a Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors, the fact remains that the team as a whole is undermanned, and there's also the inevitable realization that while still effective and producing on the floor, Dwyane Wade isn't as explosive a player as he used to be, and he's winding down and in the twilight of his highly successful NBA career.

Much like Kobe Bryant retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 seasons in the purple and gold, Wade has played 13 seasons in a Miami Heat uniform, and while he may still have a solid 2-3 years left of gas in the tank, there's no getting around the fact that his window is closing. While the Heat do have some promising young players like Justice Winslow and a revitalized Goran Dragic, they have an old team overall, with the likes of Luol Deng and Amare Stoudemire also nearing the end of their careers.

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