Miami Heat's Chris Bosh hosted a lavish 29th birthday party on Wednesday night.
Media, invited guests, and nearby onlookers gathered around as the Heat star and his wife Adrienne made their grand entrance to kick-off his birthday celebrations at Briza On The Bay at the DoubleTree Biscayne Bay.
Bosh, who officially turned 29 on March 24, welcomed his guests to a Moroccan wonderland featuring a pair of dromedary camels, belly dancers and fire breathers.
The red carpet was a virtual who’s who of Miami Heat stars including Chris Andersen, James Jones, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, and Juwan Howard; many of which dressed in themed threads perfect for the occasion.
“My favorite gift is a day off,” Bosh said. “We’ve been on the road for so long that it’s nice to just spend time with my family at home. It was a good enough gift for me just to be back in Miami.”
The modest 6’11” power center also explained how much he has enjoyed his first 28 years of life and what he looks forward to the most this year.
“I just want to keep being awesome and having fun,” he said.
Miami native James Jones attended the festivities alongside his wife Destiny. Jones, who attended American Senior High in the late 90’s, has a special message for kids who might want to follow the same career path into the NBA.
“Never be afraid to dream big,” he said. “When I said I wanted to play professional basketball here at home for the Miami Heat a lot of people smiled or laughed and thought it was cute. At the end of the day, a lot of them doubted me but I never did. With a lot of hard work and sacrifice, I’ve had the blessing to be here.”
“Always dream big because that’s the only way you’ll be able to do something big.”
Shane Battier, who walked the red carpet with sister Ashley, gave a little insight into how the team is preparing for the playoffs.
“We’re getting ready, gaining momentum, just trying to get better everyday. It’s all about being rested and mentally prepared.”
The Heat’s Ray Allen added: “We’ve been working on staying healthy, working on our bodies, and making sure we get enough rest.