Chris Bosh... that's right, I said it. Now I know what you're thinking, you're thinking I'm going to spout off on a Chris Bosh hating tirade... well you're absolutely right!
Here we are at the midway point of the season, second last in the East. Second last in the East... if anyone had told me at the beginning of this season that the Toronto Raptors would be in the basement of the Eastern Conference at the midway point this season i would have disowned you. This is a team that finished out in a strong 6Th last year in the East and 2ND in the Atlantic Division behind the superpower Celtics. In the 2006-2007 season we finished 3rd in the conference with an Atlantic Division title in our belts. So what happened to our contender, what happened to the product we put on the court 2 years ago or even last year for that matter. We started off 3-0 this season, it may be a little absurd to say but at that point we almost looked to have had the playoffs and a title in our sites. I'll tell you exactly what happened, the product we put out on that court night after night got stale and I'm sorry to say but this all stems from our supposed team captain Chris Bosh.
What I find most ridiculous is how the Raps should be a top 3 team in the East or a playoff contender at the very least but were making excuses every night. Its just a lack of grit, heart, and most importantly leadership! We need someone to drive the paint, draw fouls, we require consistency, we need a leader in our dressing room. Now i know you cant rest all the blame on one man and you can't give one player the responsibility to score 40 points a night but there's no drive in Bosh. Bosh hits the court with a level of intensity that can be matched by a group of Buddhist Monks. What the Raptors need is a Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitski, or a Dwight Howard, we need a consistent point scorer and a leader. Someone who gets it done on the court instead of preparing speeches for why the hell it is that we've lost 5 in a row. We just seem to be lacking chemistry, Jermain O'Neil looks great some nights but he wont play second fiddle to Bosh.
At the end of the day it just doesn't seem like Bosh is the man for the Raptors anymore, he doesn't look like the player he used to be. I believe that this has a ton to do with his interest in playing south of the border. I really don't understand how everyone can be so surprised and taken in by the swirling rumors of Bosh wanting out of Toronto, I mean... really? Ive been saying this for a long time. Bosh made a deal at the summer Olympics that he would play with Dwayne Wade and LeBron James south of the border when their respective contracts expired in 2010. Not only that but Bosh has reportedly already expressed interest in Detroit who's been looking to land the big T.O. front-man in 2010 when his contract expires... this is not news to me! I'm just saying that I'm not surprised by the rumors which of course were hastily turned down by Bosh.
So here we are, mid season and Bosh is out with no return date set as of yet... a little Cater Esq if you ask me but hey I'm biased right. Here comes the sudden knee injury that sidelines every ones favourite superstar for the rest of his career... in Toronto that is. And what perfect timing, he's playing like shit... starting to get booed on his home court. Its just a little convenient that our 15 million dollar man seems to rule out this juncture of the season as urgent while he sits out collecting his money. We may be second last in the East but only 5 games out of the playoffs and 8 points out of 6Th where we finished up last season. He just doesn't seem to show much interest in the team that birthed his stardom and now he seems to be counting the days till his contract is up. I wouldn't be entirely surprised if this knee injury is a reoccurring thing for bosh in Toronto. So he'll sit on the sidelines and wait for Wade and LeBron(his two knights in shining armor) to save him from having to carry our little team in Toronto.
Chris Bosh is going to leave the Toronto Raptors organization the same way Vince Carter did, not to say that he's gonna go on a botched trade Ala Rob Babcock but he will become public enemy #1 and i see a horribly disgraceful display of sportsmanship coming from Bosh in the very near future, just a prediction! So there it is, my two maybe even tree cents... what do you think? Peace Out Peeps!