If Chris Bosh believes he can step on the court, doctors clear him to play and he wants to chase an immediate deep run in the playoffs then Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey should give him a look.
I’ve been delicately making the case on The Dream Shake podcast for over a year.
At its core this decision shouldn’t be up to Bosh, the players association or any NBA general manager, it should be made by a team of medical professionals.
If the folks in white coats (or paleontologists) clear Mr. Bosh to play the NBA and NBPA is on track to make the power forward/center a free agent according to Ball Don’t Lie:
Just last month Bosh said he would play in the NBA again.
Bosh is an eleven time NBA All-Star who moved from a mid-range shooter to legitimate three point threat and anchor defender. He’s certain to make the Basketball Hall of Fame and he’s only thirty three years old.
The once Toronto Raptor and current actual raptor had his 2014 - 2015 and 2015 - 2016 seasons cut short by blood-clotting and was ruled out of the entire 2016 - 2017 season.
In Miami Bosh’s game was forced to evolve due to his pairing with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. What was once circumstance is now fortuitous as even at an advanced age a healthy Bosh could contribute three point shooting and a stout defensive presence.
In the three seasons where Bosh attempted two or more three pointers a game Bosh shot 35.8% on just over 600 attempts. A rate better than James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Lou Williams all shot for the Rockets this past season.
And while Bosh’s impact on both sides of the court was below his Toronto levels even after LeBron’s departure he’s always been an underrated defensive contributor AKA an above average defender for the Houston Rockets.
Not to mention Bosh’s ability to fill a gaping defensive void when Clint Capela is on the bench or compensate for the Rockets dearth of bigs capable of slowing a ball handler on the perimeter.
If Bosh were at 70% of his past self he’d be Houston’s closing center over Clint Capela.
Houston famously lost out on the free agency sweepstakes for Bosh in 2014. A reality since regarded as impossibly lucky for Houston’s salary cap situation. But if Bosh were willing to sign a low dollar contract while authoring more of his Hall of Fame career without presenting a significant risk to a franchise or himself then Daryl Morey should give him a look.