‘Stepping Into MJ’s Shadows’: Chris Bosh Relives the Moment When He Stepped on Michael Jordan’s Home Court

Published 06/10/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


Before the 2010 season, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were looking to join the Chicago Bulls. Bosh left the Toronto Raptors for Miami Heat but spoke about how close he was to joining the Chicago Bulls because of the legacy left by Michael Jordan.

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The Miami Heat franchise was incredible back in the early 2010s. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Heat won two consecutive NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. Even though they won two titles, they played together for four years but could not win another NBA title.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Chris Bosh talks about Jordan’s greatness

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Bosh commented on the expectations he had to live up to if he joined the Chicago Bulls.

“When I went into the pitch to Chicago, it was an excellent pitch. That was the pressure they were putting on me [stepping into MJ’s shadows],” said Bosh.

The expectations from a player that comes to Chicago are quite high, considering the greatest player of all time plied his trade over there. Even though they had Derrick Rose- who was the league MVP during that time, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer, the sheer pressure in playing with the Bulls is immense. Jordan had set the standards so high that it will be tough for the players who came into the franchise.

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Michael Jordan and his legacy with the Bulls

While the trio of Rose, Bosh, and Noah would have given them a championship, it is safe to say that Bosh was comfortable joining D-Wade and James in Miami. Therefore, talks of him joining the Bulls diminished. The sheer pressure that he could have faced would have been tough because MJ was on another level. Jordan won six titles with the Bulls, he was a five-time MVP, and also a 10-time NBA scoring champion.

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The commitment to which he played basketball was tremendous. No other team has the expectations of the Chicago Bulls because of Michael Jordan’s legacy.

The NBA is home to a lot of franchises that are rich in varied heritage and traditions. The Miami Heat became famous because of the exploits of Wade, James, and Bosh. However, the Chicago Bulls were famous for the legendary exploits of Michael Jordan and will remain the same for years to come.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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