Miami Heat to retire Chris Bosh's No. 1 jersey

The Miami Heat will retire Chris Bosh's number one jersey next month, in recognition of his contributions on and off the court.

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh's career ended in 2017 due to blood clotting issues.   -  Getty Images

Chris Bosh's legacy will be immortalised in Miami. The Heat announced on Monday it will retire Bosh’s number one jersey in a ceremony during half-time of the team's March 26 match-up against the Orlando Magic.

Bosh, who turns 35 next month, last appeared in an NBA game during the 2015-16 season. He was forced to step away from basketball as he dealt with blood clots that were believed to be career-ending.

“I am proud that Chris will have his No. 1 jersey retired and be honoured inside the AmericanAirlines Arena with this recognition for the greatness as a player on the court and his tremendous contributions to the Miami community off the court. His name and jersey will hang forever and always," Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement.

The 11-time All-Star was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the number four overall pick of the 2003 draft but was traded to Miami in 2010. He helped the Heat win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

Bosh averaged 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 893 career regular-season games.