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Watch Chris Bosh’s full jersey-retirement speech, which was so excellent (video)

Chris Bosh had a hard time giving up basketball after blood-clotting issues forced him to stop playing.

In many ways, that’s fairly normal. Professional athletes are incredible competitors accustomed to fame and adulation. Take all that away suddenly, and many retired players face difficulties. They struggle to channel their competitiveness. They no longer receive a high salary and all that comes with it.

But Bosh always seemed well-prepared for retirement. He’s smart, curious and worldly. That’s why it was so concerning even he was struggling to adapt.

Thankfully, the Bosh we’ve come to know publicly was on full display as the Heat retired his jersey last night. Beautifully set up by Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade, Bosh delivered a great speech. He was funny, sentimental and passionate. I highly recommend watching the whole thing.