LeBron James and Chris Bosh were part of the legendary 2003 NBA Draft and will forever be linked. The former was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the latter went to the Toronto Raptors at No. 4. Both players had stellar runs with the team that drafted them, but neither star was able to win a championship.
In the summer of 2010, LeBron and Bosh signed with the Miami Heat, creating the Big 3 with Dwyane Wade. However, LBJ and CB4 had some memorable battles against each other before they became teammates, and a January game from the 2007-08 season stands out since LeBron taught Bosh’s girlfriend a harsh lesson.
Chris Bosh’s girlfriend talked trash to LeBron James
The Raptors hosted the Cavs on January 6, 2008. Bosh and Co. held a 70-61 lead with 10:40 left in the fourth quarter, and Bosh’s girlfriend at the time felt good about Toronto’s chances of beating LeBron.
Bosh’s girlfriend began talking trash to the Cavs superstar after he got fouled and headed to the free-throw line. LeBron talked some smack back and had a look in his eye. He was ready to destroy the Raptors and teach his friend’s girlfriend a lesson.
The Cavs outscored the Raptors 36-20 in the fourth quarter, with LeBron carrying the load. After hearing Bosh’s girlfriend taunt him, the King went into attack mode and took over the game.
LeBron James scored 24 points in fourth quarter
LeBron turned into an assassin in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raptors by himself. He dropped 24 points in the final period while shooting 8-of-10 from the field, 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. The All-Star swingman finished the night with 39 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in 45 minutes of action.
Behind LeBron, the Cavs came back and defeated the Raptors by a final score of 93-90. With 10.9 seconds left in the fourth, the Akron Hammer yelled at Bosh’s girlfriend, “It’s your fault.” The cameras also caught LeBron smiling at Bosh at the free-throw line with the game in hand.
LeBron and Bosh had some intense encounters from the 2003-04 season to the 2009-10 campaign. However, both superstars realized they needed each other — and Wade — if they wanted to become champions.
Chris Bosh won two rings with LBJ in Miami
LeBron, Wade, and Bosh were teammates for four seasons in Miami. During that span, the trio went to four NBA Finals and won two championships.
From 2010-11 to 2013-14, LeBron averaged 26.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. He won back-to-back regular-season MVPs in 2012 and 2013 and the 2012 and 2013 Finals MVP. Meanwhile, Bosh put up 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the LeBron era in South Beach. He also made four straight All-Star teams.
LeBron won the 2016 title with the Cavs and the 2020 championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s a four-time champion, four-time Finals MVP, and the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists.
As for Bosh, he had to retire from the NBA prematurely due to blood clots. His last game was in 2016. The lefty was named a Hall of Famer in 2021 and got his number retired by the Heat in 2019.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.