He, too, came at a high price. And on the not-so-subtle day that Miami Heat fans were introduced to the future of the franchise, Chris Bosh emerged from the fog machine, just like his two marquee teammates.
The Three Amigos.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and ...El Whatsisname. LeBron made The Decision. Chris Bosh quickly became The Afterthought.
In seven seasons in Toronto, Bosh quietly had become the best player on a team better known for being named after a dinosaur. His breakout performance for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics sent some scurrying for his bio.
Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors, 6-foot-11, played one season for Georgia Tech, named Texas' Mr. Basketball for leading Dallas Lincoln to a 40-0 record.
But the bio forgot the footnote -- "good friend of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade."
The argument has been made that Bosh gave up a lot to leave the spotlight in Toronto, where he was a five-time NBA All-Star. Others scoff at the notion. Who wouldn't, they ask, want to be the third wheel alongside pals James and Wade?