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Chris Bosh reflects on how time with Toronto Raptors shaped his journey to the Hall of Fame

On Sept. 11, 2021, Chris Bosh will become the second player drafted by the Toronto Raptors to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bosh, who was selected by the Raptors with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, became a household name in Toronto, earning five All-Star appearances while leading the franchise to the postseason in 2007 and 2008.

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As Bosh's career is celebrated in the days leading up into his Hall of Fame induction, the 11-time All-Star took to Twitter to reflect on the role that his time with the Raptors had on his journey, writing that "in the 2003 NBA Draft, I went fourth…

"Toronto became home, my third city in three years. A lot of growth came after."

The tweet itself contains a video that contains highlights from the beginning stages of Bosh's career, as well as more reflections on the impact Toronto made on him, and the impact he hopes to have made on the franchise, saying, "I think people didn't know what to think of me.

"You know, with the city, I think they were just kind of sitting and waiting, and kind of seeing what I was going to do," Bosh continued. "Two weeks, and then everybody knew my name after that … I wanted to build this thing - this vision that I saw in my head as a child…

"Leading a team to championships or big moments. A small part of me wants to believe, like, hey, maybe I helped kinda trailblaze and pave the way and it's here now and we're all happy."

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While Bosh will likely be remembered most for winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, he was a part of the 2006-07 Raptors team that finished 47-35 en route to winning the first-ever division title in franchise history.

12 years later, a completely new cast hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy, as the Raptors were crowned as the 2019 NBA Champions.

He might have departed via free agency in 2010, but Bosh would not become who he was without Toronto, and his time with the franchise positively impacted its trajectory towards becoming champions.

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