Statements from Heat president Pat Riley, reports of a unique parting agreement, and eventually, an official announcement from the team earlier this week ended his seven-year stint with the squad that he signed with in the summer of 2010.
Riley confirmed: " He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number '1' will never be worn by another player and we can't wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters."
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had these to say about their former teammate and Big Three co-member:
Sucks that his run as a two-time NBA champion and 11-time All-Star had to be cut short by blood clots. Who knows how the rest of the elite big man's professional basketball career would have panned out being the main guy in Miami before he went down. Bosh, for one, had to make the biggest sacrifice in his game when he formed the modern superteam with James and Wade.
As a fitting tribute, let's take a look back at CB's best highlights in a Heat uniform:
Remember when he did the video bomb before it was cool?
Remember when he put the Atlanta Hawks on a spin cycle?
Remember when he prevented a potential Hayward highlight?
Remember when he broke the hearts of the Portland Trail Blazers?
Remember when he subconsciously passed the torch to Hassan Whiteside?
Remember when he dunked all over the Hawks?
Remember when he reminded the San Antonio Spurs about the Bosh of old?
Remember when he gave the Spurs a glimpse of his clutch heroics?
Remember when he set up the greatest moment in Miami Heat history and got no credit for it?
Remember when he proved to be the real hero of their iconic comeback?