Heat Fans Should Celebrate Chris Bosh's Legacy Instead of Moaning About How He's Leaving

The shrapnel from the explosion of the Big Three era is still flying and wounding Miami Heat fans. Last week, news broke that Chris Bosh's days of playing for the Heat were over. No more medical exams. No more additional opinions. No more Bosh in a suit on the bench. No more anything.

The days of watching No. 1 run up and down the court in South Florida are officially over, and — even worse — Bosh was properly pissed off to hear the news. 

With Bosh now an ex-Heater, every single player but Udonis Haslem is gone from those 2011-2014 Big Three years. In that legendary roster's place now sits a hodgepodge of maybes, hopefullys, and never-will-bes. It's frustrating, and it has left many Heat fans searching for scapegoats. 

Some have turned that anger on Bosh, who was so upset at the team's decision regarding his blood-clot condition that he slammed Pat Riley and said he felt "written off." A segment of fans are protective of the franchise even if, in reality, Bosh arguably has more to do with the franchise's current success than anyone in the front office. 

That's too bad, because Bosh is acting as classy as possible given the circumstances. He's going through one of the toughest times any professional athlete in sports could imagine. He's still in his prime and feels healthy but is being told that something inside him, something he can't feel on a daily basis, is precluding him from ever playing again.

That's it, he's being told. Go do something else with your life now!

Bosh has every right to fight that career-ending diagnosis, and he's been classier and quieter, considering the dilemma he's facing, than anyone could expect. 

Fans looking to bash Bosh on the way out because of a heated back-and-forth with team execs should understand they have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. They should give Bosh the benefit of doubt and thank him on his way out.

The fact is that he will forever be one of the five best players to ever play for the Heat, and he sacrificed in his prime for the betterment of a legendary team. He gave the city and the Heat more than they deserved, and now it's time to give him some credit and appreciate his efforts.

Even if Bosh doesn't agree with the Heat's decision, and even if you don't agree with how he handled the news, there should be nothing but respect and thanks right now.

If Bosh can play again for another team in the NBA, terrific. If not, let's hope he remains a member of the Heat family for years to come. That's the way it should be.