Chris Bosh, who has been out of the NBA since 2016, was honored with a standing ovation and heartfelt speech from his former coach Pat Riley. The two have an emotional bond that is unbreakable and Bosh’s return brought tears to the eyes of everyone in attendance.
Dwyane Wade returned a long-overdue gift to Pat Riley during his heartfelt Hall of Fame speech. The Miami Heat legend was given a ring from the San Antonio Spurs that he had been wearing for years.
Chris Bosh won two NBA championships with the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat during his illustrious career, but he really had three championship rings in his trophy case for most of the past decade. Pat Riley loaned Bosh one of his numerous championship rings before he joined with the Heat in 2010, on the condition that he return it once they won one together.
Riley welcomed his buddy into the Hall of Fame eleven years later, and Bosh finally found the perfect moment to repay the long-overdue gift.
Pat Riley and Chris Bosh have won two NBA championships together.
Ray Allen and Pat Riley introduce Chris Bosh at the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony | Getty Images/Maddie Meyer
Chris Bosh, at 25 years old, was one of the most sought-after free agents in the NBA in 2010. As we all know, he signed with the Heat to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but Pat Riley was just as important in convincing Bosh to pick Miami over the other contenders at the time.
Riley is a champion. It’s that easy. Bosh just wanted the greatest opportunity to earn a championship ring with his new club, so he joined one with an owner who had ten of them in his office.
The Heat failed to win a championship in their first season with their new Big 3, but behind Bosh, James, and Wade, they went on to win the following two. Bosh was unable to win another championship in Miami, and he retired in 2016 with two championship rings.
Riley gave him one when he initially joined with the Heat, making it three in total.
During his Hall of Fame speech, Chris Bosh gave Pat Riley a long-overdue present.
Bosh and the rest of the 2021 class were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Riley and Ray Allen stood on stage to present him as he gave his emotional Hall of Fame speech, which he began with a gift that had been in the works for 11 years.
“I was 19 years old when I first met Pat, and I was interviewing for the draft. I recall being very jittery. Every time I saw him, even my family members were awestruck. We’ve had some incredible moments, and in celebration of that, I’ve prepared a present for you,” Bosh said.
“To put things in perspective, when I met Pat during free agency in 2010, he pulled out all the stops. It was quite a show, and just as I was about ready to leave the meeting, he pulled out one last trick. He pulled out a velvet bag stuffed with championship rings and strewn them all over the table. He took one and said, ‘You give it back to me when we win one together,’” Bosh recalled in his best Riley impersonation.
“Now that I think about it, it was strange since I hadn’t even decided to join with Miami,” says the player. But, you know, that’s Pat, and we did win a ring together. There were two of them. But I never returned the one he lent me because, for some reason, I wanted to wait until the perfect time, and I thought this would be it.”
As Bosh went up to Riley, gave him the ring, and hugged him, the audience exploded in applause. Riley then whispered something in Bosh’s ear as the two were sharing an emotional moment, and Bosh laughed.
A deserving member of the Hall of Fame
After a tremendous and sustained career, Bosh deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Bosh averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in 13 NBA seasons. He made 11 All-Star appearances, won two NBA championships, and ended his career as the Raptors’ third-leading scorer.
He may now add Hall of Famer to his remarkable list of accomplishments.
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