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Chris Bosh Had 10+ Side Projects During His NBA Career, Including Spanish and Piano Lessons

The Miami Heat dominated the first half of the 2010s. With four NBA Finals appearances, the team earned back-to-back victories thanks to its standouts, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The duo’s third, less-heralded star did not get as many headlines, but Chris Bosh contributed in a big way beneath the basket.

The athlete had a remarkable NBA career and was a voracious learner off the court. One aspect of Bosh’s personality many fans may not know is he engaged in several side projects throughout his time in the NBA. It’s one of the testaments to his commitment to lifelong learning. 

Chris Bosh’s NBA career

According to Basketball-Reference, Bosh was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. That draft is regarded as one of the best in NBA history, as it featured Wade, James, Bosh, as well as fellow great Carmelo Anthony. Bosh finished his career with averages of 19.2 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game.

It’s important to note that Bosh’s scoring averages could have been much higher, but he likely sacrificed points when joining the Heat. Bosh was also  an 11-time All-Star. After spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Toronto Raptors, Bosh made NBA history during the 2010 offseason by joining the Miami Heat as a free agent.

It wasn’t the first “super team” ever assembled, but it was the first one in which three superstars, all in their primes, joined the same team at the same time via free agency. While that Heat team never failed to make the Finals while all three were together, they broke up in 2014 when James went back to Cleveland. Sadly, Bosh’s career was never the same as he began suffering blood clots that eventually led him to retire. 

Bosh’s lifetime of curiosity 

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Many athletes solely focus on their sports endeavors. For many, it’s a question of time management. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete or someone who’s already achieved that status, going pro requires so much time it can help eliminate all other hobbies and pursuits. 

For Bosh, he’s been able to look into more than just sports, however. He’s always been very intelligent, going back to his high school days. According to a Sports Illustrated article on Bosh, his academic career was almost as impressive as his athletic one.

In high school, Bosh was a McDonald’s All-American, an honor bestowed to the best basketball players in the country. But on top of that, he was also a member of several academic/extracurricular bodies, including: 

  • The National Honor Society
  • The Association of Minority Engineers
  • The Whiz Kids computer graphics club

It’s clear Bosh was an avid learner. It even helped then-Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt recruit Bosh to the Yellowjackets — he tempted Bosh to come to Tech by talking about the school’s computer animation program.

Bosh’s commitment to learning early in his life may have led to his later desire to engage in more side projects. 

Chris Bosh’s many side projects

Chris Bosh and LeBron James
LeBron James greets former Heat teammate Chris Bosh | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Outside of basketball, Bosh has a list of projects and interests so long it may leave you wondering where he finds time for all of them. The same SI piece referenced above notes that Bosh keeps a notebook to draw sketches, write journal entries, and track his many passion projects including: 

  • Learning and mastering guitar
  • Learning to speak Spanish
  • Acting
  • Coding
  • Culinary arts 
  • Craft beer
  • Traveling
  • Hiking
  • Neckties

The end of Bosh’s career was difficult for him, but the good news is that he clearly has many other areas he can pursue to keep life interesting during his post-basketball career.