Chris Bosh was one of the new HOF inductees in the last night's ceremony that took place, and in his speech, he reflected on numerous moments from his professional and personal life. Once again, Bosh showed he is a well-spoken and, at the same time, humorous person, which made his speech that much enjoyable to listen to. Obviously, these types of ceremonies bring out the best in some athletes who always have numerous great stories to share, and it was no different with Bosh during his speech.
Interestingly enough, Bosh shared a story about playing alongside the late great Kobe Bryant at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with the rest of the Redeem Team. Bosh remembers how he wanted to assert himself as one of the leaders on that team by showcasing his dedication to waking up early and being the first guy at breakfast. Of course, he was surprised to find out Kobe's work ethic was on another level when he saw that not only was Kobe first there, but he already had an extensive workout while everyone else was still asleep.
It was 2008, and the Redeem Team was formed. We were in Las Vegas for the start of training camp, and we are getting ready for the Olympics in Beijing. I wanted to establish myself as a young leader on the team by waking up really early from day one. So the goal was to be the first one at breakfast. So I set my alarm, I made sure I am up at sunrise, I get out of my bed, I put on my gear, and went downstairs. But when I get there, Kobe is already there with ice packs on his knees drenched in sweat. I took me a minute to figure it out, but this guy wasn't only awake before me; he had already worked out. He just played in the Finals a few days earlier while meanwhile, I'd been off for months, and I was still exhausted.
Chrish Bosh, via Hall Of Fame
It was a life-changing moment for Bosh to see someone who won it all on both the individual and team level still working so hard like he just got to the league. He understood from that moment what made Kobe one of the greatest athletes in sports because after he failed to win a championship, he immediately started working on his game even though he had nothing to prove anymore from a winning point of view. Bosh also learned an important lesson about champions and legends and what it actually takes to be one.
What he did that morning was incomprehensible to me. That dedication he had only days after falling short of an NBA championship. That taught me something I would never forget. Legends are not defined with their successes, they are defined by how they bounce back from their failures. That is what I want to communicate to everyone watching this, especially the kids.
Chrish Bosh, via Hall Of Fame
There were countless stories from various people that show Kobe Bryant as probably the most hard-working player in NBA history. His desire and passion to be the best he can be in his craft were unparalleled, and it served as an inspiration for many players that came after him because he showed them what it actually takes to be a champion and one of the best players in the world. Bosh saw it firsthand, and even though he was already an accomplished All-Star, he was shocked but motivated at the same time because he knew he was witnessing greatness from the front row seat.