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Chris Bosh says he’s a lock to make the Hall of Fame

Jan 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve by the coaches, marking the eighth time he’s received the honor in his 10 NBA seasons.

That, along with the championship ring he earned a season ago might mean he’s already assured himself a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bosh believes so, anyway. And actually, the numbers are on his side.

From Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida:

“Hell, yeah, of course. I’ve been a Hall of Famer like four years ago,” the Miami Heat center told FOX Sports Florida after Friday’s 110-88 win over Detroit. “And I say that very serious, though. I’ve talked about it before with my friends.”

The only eligible player in history with eight or more NBA All-Star selections who is not in the Hall is eight-time pick Larry Foust, a center who averaged 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds from 1950-62.

“He’s on the right path,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. “To be in a position where he has a lot of years left, he has a championship under his belt. If we can continue to get more and he can continue to be productive, no question about it.”

It’s rare to hear players still in their prime be so brash about their legacy like this, but Bosh is an intelligent guy who likely knows his place in the game.

It’s also worth noting that most players aren’t asked about their Hall of Fame chances this way, and with good reason. Checking in with the obvious choices — i.e., every active player with more than eight career All-Star appearances — wouldn’t make sense, as all of the names on that list are no-brainer selections.

Where it starts to get interesting is when you take a look at the only other active player with eight All-Star appearances, and that’s Vince Carter. Should he be feeling as confident as Bosh is about his own Hall of Fame chances?

  1. canadatude - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Leadership is not a strong point with Bosh. He was just a black hole with the Raptors, padding his personal stats while never winning. A true team player makes his team and team mates better. That is the standard to be held to.

  2. mcsuave - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I don’t see Bosh as a Hall of Famer yet and I’m not sure I ever will. He is in a watered down position on the East Coast and has marginal statistics compared to most in the Fame.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      he is not a HOF even in a watered position.

  3. mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Well, if Chris Bosh says he’s a lock for the HOF, I guess they shouldn’t even bother to put it to a vote. Heck, vote him in right now.

    Who the hell is this guy to say such a thing? He’s never LED any team to anything. He’s put up numbers on lousy teams and is a glorified role player on a good one. I’ve never seen anyone his size who gets fewer rebounds, and defensively otherwise he’s at best average.

  4. madboss81 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Vincent Carter did more for basketball, both In the USA and around the world, than Bosh ever will. Best dunker of all time. Legit scorer, superstar. When I think of bosh I think okafor or NENE. NOT really a hall of fame to be honest.

  5. knickstape84 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    He has never seperated himself from the other guys. He isn’t an impact type player. Not like other PFs. He is good. He isn’t better than CWEB and Web might not make it….. HOF is overrated. Bosh won’t go down as a great player. Just a good player that rode Lebrons coat tail…..

  6. vols84 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Bosh in the HOF? Of basketball? You can’t be serious?

    • gmsingh - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Yes. Bosh was later heard to say that Michael Jordan was going to “do the right thing” and step aside so Bosh can have his spot.

  7. 32magicman - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Even if you think it, dont say it Bosh. Big head. Sits around with his friends discussing how great he is. Just play idiot!

  8. twoseam2007 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Maybe the Hall of Fame for Ostriches…. OOOH! He meant the Basketball Hall of Fame?! Not a chance.

  9. kelsey412 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    It is norv

  10. kelsey412 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    It is not the hall of fame of the very good but the HOF off the very best. He is not a HOFer. Stop diluting HOF please

    • telcontar77 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      That’s where you are wrong considering some of the players in the HOF, bosh should at least be borderline candidate.

      As an example:
      Maurice Stokes
      3 all star team
      3 all nab 2nd team
      Rokie of the year

      Not even a champion and he’s in the HOF
      So when you say the HOF is only for the very greatest, check your facts.

      • jrose606 - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        You use stokes as an example? The man was putting up numbers comparable to wilt before he was knocked out in a game and ended up in a coma and then paralyzed from said injury. Check you facts before you make insensitive comments such as that. The man was very Hall worthy.

  11. kiingmilli - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Im a heat fan but Chris is not a hof just yet but he has the numbers to become 1 name one other player who can hit a 16feet jump shot like him every game consistently? Name 1? Oh yeah there isn’t any, he might soft in the low post but he score points and he score points, his defense is not a Denise rodman defense but he play hard and that’s what counts. I see u guys giving reasons why he is not a hof’er,but I don’t nobody giving blah his props on his shooting game and how he plays, I think you guys are bios when it come to bosh. Bosh hit those 17feet jumper time after time after time, he’s a guaranteed 18 points per Game Center or power forward. Tim Duncan don’t do that every game, bosh is the only 1 , quit being bios and give props where it do.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      I’d quit being bios if I knew what that meant

      • broncobeta - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        He’s obviously asking you to stop being a Basic Input/Output System.

    • hoops45 - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      Rasheed Wallace,
      Kevin Garnett,
      Dirk Nowitzki,
      Carmelo Anthony

    • bougin89 - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      So you tell everyone that doesn’t think Bosh is HOF worthy to stop being “bios” yet you make extremely “bios” comments for him. Just being a stretch four and playing hard because “that’s what counts” doesn’t get you into the HOF. Not being a HOF player doesn’t mean he’s terrible. Bosh is what he is, a very good PF that was never considered the best at his position much less anywhere close to best in the league.

    • eagles92 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Hahaha if I were you I’d change my name immediately or never comment again because you will be forever known as “bios kiingmilli”

    • markschelp - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      by no means english

  12. hardballtalkusername - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Bosh is a good player, but I definitely wouldn’t consider him as a HOF type player. As of this point, he is a good player that needed 2 other much better players to propel him to success. I view Bosh as an All-Star, never a super star, and I feel like the HOF is more for the super stars.

  13. mrobinson14 - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Please!!! This is the BASKETBALL hall of fame. Not the natural history museum!!!

  14. 24thesho - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    It’s funny, because, he does seem like and is an intelligent guy. After such question was asked with such an answer, why would you place that kind of pressure on yourself? Had he been traded to the Knicks years ago, they would have traded him soon after that. His perfomance (when Miami lost the championship match to the Mavericks) was weak and mediocre, then, winning the title in a shortened NBA post lockout season does count but kinda doesn’t. He and Miami did NOT play an full 82 game season when they won. Hell, he wasn’t even as impactful as Andrew Bynum when he was with the Lakers, and he was injured most of the time, and, he’s a total idiot, but he did make his marks in those games. Chris Bosh is a smart dude but that was a dumb thing to say, especially knowing if LeBron or Wade were he’d still be just another pretty good player. That’s like walking into a bar alone getting into a fight then getting a beat down one night, then a year or two later, go to that same bar with LB and Wade, walking up to the same dudes that beat you up and you yelling to them, “remember what you said to me that night two years ago?” That’s called, being a punk. CB, you are better (and smarter) than that. Aren’t you?

  15. buffalo65 - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    He’s the third option on his own team and word is they are trying to move him to improve…sound like a HOF’er????

    • telcontar77 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      So, you have players who weren’t even that good in the HOF.
      The fact is, HOF is pretty overrated by fans, but it doesn’t take a whole lot to get in.

    • genericcommenter - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      James Worthy?

      • broncobeta - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Are you high or am I not reading this right?

        Big Game James isn’t worthy the HOF?

    • genericcommenter - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      There are 4th or 5th options on Championship teams in there.

      • eagles92 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        Did you just compare Chris bosh to James worthy???? Wtf is wrong with kids these days!!!

      • genericcommenter - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        No. I didn’t, and considering I saw Worthy’s entire career I can hardly be considered a kid. I thought Worthy was more of a 3rd option, anyway. I was thinking of DJ, actually.

  16. freudnumb - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    To be fair, Bosh became All Star during the years when KG was still in Minnesota, Paul Pierce was a guard, Jermain O’Neal became injury-prone, and Vince Carter slowed down … except for Lebron, there wasn’t a legitimate superstar who played forward in the East.
    With that being said, Bosh probably has to wait for KG, TD, Dirk, CWebb, and even Rasheed Wallace, in my opinion. By that time, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love would be retired …

  17. voiceofreason6 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    A product of a narcissistic society. Good Lord, Chris! Get your head examined.

  18. talkingfan - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    BRUH Chris, I guess basketball is like football because you sound like you have been getting hit in the head. HOF HELL NO!!!!!!!

  19. bigtrav425 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    i think playing with Wade and Trader James has gotten to him,because he is in no way a HoF player.Has he ever even been in the top 20 players in the NBA any yr he has been in the NBA?

  20. aldavis4president - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    How do say “hell yeah” to a question like that?!?! LeBron must Rly be getting to bosh and wade think my fav player comming outta 03draft waz wade and bosh waz up there too (Rly like tj ford lol) ever sin e both joined LeBron both have turned into whiney lil PUNKS!!!

  21. ultichiva - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Karl Malone & Charles Barkley are in the HOF … Zero Championships combined…
    BOSH is going to have at least TWO RIINGS.
    He is a TRU hall o’ FAMER

    • freudnumb - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Are you trying to say … Derek Fisher, Horace Grant, and Steve Kerr are much more deserving than John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, and Reggie Miller? Those are great role players … but not really HOFers.

    • eagles92 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      You are a moron Charles Barkley and Karl Malone are light years ahead of Chris bosh when it comes to talent. Wow some people are just so stupid and have an incredible low basketball iq

  22. southsidegroovin281 - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    So he should be consider amongst the HOF Big Men like Olajuwon, Wilt, Russell, Jabar etc…hahahahahahaha!!! Chris Bosh needs to get new friends and get them off the payroll.

  23. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Fans don’t really care about the Hall of Fame. Try winning a championship in an 82-game, non-asterisked season.

  24. phillyfan97 - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Hell, no, of course not.

  25. nflrule - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM


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