Plea to Raptor Fans, Don’t Boo Chris Bosh!

Chris Bosh released his inner cave man more than a few times as a member of the Raptors

In a quiet, undramatic divorce, not like those ones you see on Divorce Court, Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors parted ways after a 7 year long-term relationship. The break up wasn’t messy but it was by no means mutual as the breaker certainly offended the breakee.

GM Bryan Colangelo went as far to say that Bosh didn’t care down the stretch run of the 2009-10 season. “Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn’t quite into it down the stretch, he wasn’t the same guy,” Colangelo said. “I think everybody saw that, but no one wanted to acknowledge it.” Head Coach Jay Triano further stated that “When you talk about Chris being a leader in the locker room, I think it’s the one thing he wasn’t for us.” Hard feelings much?

Today, Chris Bosh returns to Toronto for the first time since his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Lebron James in Miami. Yes, Lebron James too.

With Bosh essentially leaving fans and most importantly the Raptor organization hanging, it is no wonder why many people expressed their resentment towards Chris Bosh. It wasn’t the first time that their franchise player bailed on them. 3 high draft picks in Damon Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter that had the possibility to carry the franchise all stated their desire to leave the city at some point in their tenure with the Raptors. Not to mention Hedo Turkoglu who requested a trade after one tumultuous season.

It was all too familiar to Raptor fans. Except in this case, like a good stripper, Chris Bosh teased Canadian basketball junkies into thinking he might just come back. However, like a good stripper, the hope dangling in front of them never materialized.

Even though Bosh gave us Raptor fans a good long tease that only ended in disappointment, I am asking you not to boo the man who gave you seven hard-fought seasons.

I understand your pain, but this time the circumstances are entirely different. Chris Bosh didn’t quit like Vince Carter or cry to his General Manager like Damon Stoudamire. He played out the entire length of his contract like a real man should, and wasn’t making any excuses for his team’s lack of success. Almost every night Bosh put his heart and soul on the floor for the Raptors.

It was also the behind the scenes work that makes Bosh different from previous Raptor defectors. His mid-range jumper is as reliable as anyone’s in the NBA and while his size may still be a problem Bosh he worked his tail off in order to add muscle to his 6”10 frame. The growth of Chris Bosh is a product of his effort as Raptor colour man Jack Armstrong likes to say, “Input equals output.”

It became apparent that Chris Bosh was not a franchise player and building the team around him as your cornerstone was not going to work. Nevertheless, you can hardly blame Bosh for that. It isn’t his fault that he can’t carry an entire team on his back like his new teammates Lebron and Wade. His rebounding may not be that of a top NBA rebounder, but he was still a legitimate 20-10 guy. On a nightly basis you could count on his consistency. He didn’t get his shiny new contract for no reason now did he?

Chris Bosh might not have handled his situation as well as Toronto’s other former franchise player Roy Halladay, but he also isn’t a robot like Roy Halladay. Bosh doesn’t just exhibit human emotions either, he exhibits human emotions that are likeable and entertaining. His passion on the court at times was like none other. He was genuine in his attempt to make the Raptors a true contender.

I think after this divorce Raptor fans have forgotten what a great guy Bosh is off the court, which is part of what made us to fall for the guy. Remember this all-star advertisement?

The situation at hand isn’t about forgiving and forgetting because Chris Bosh has nothing to be sorry for. Bosh doesn’t deserve to get what seems to be the inevitable, a hate filled homecoming. He doesn’t deserve to get booed from the fans that he worked so hard to please for seven seasons. He didn’t Lebron James his city or Carmelo Anthony his teammates. Chris Bosh deserves a cheer and I ask you Raptor fans to give him one.

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15 Responses to Plea to Raptor Fans, Don’t Boo Chris Bosh!

  1. HighSchoolBasketballNerd says:

    As much as I dislike Bosh, and the Miami Three, I really have to agree with you here. Its nowhere near Bosh’s fault that he didn’t exhibit the killer instinct or the 20-10 capabilities of those like Howard and Yao, but he was the next best thing for the Raptors, and I think the Raptors fans forget that, and this year especially, it shows just how bad the team was as a whole, and Bosh really did put his heart into it.

    Nonetheless, I hate Miami.

  2. The news of sports says:

    Bosh never did anything wrong, and today, he’s my favorite player on the Heat. Can’t agree with you more- he didn’t complain or demand a trade, he sucked it up like a man, and still became a star with Toronto. I’d be surprised if folks at Air Canada Centre don’t give him a standing ovation, or at least a heartfelt cheer.

  3. tophatal says:

    Chris

    Bosh may well have been the BMOC (big man on campus) whilst in Toronto but now he’s simply riding on the coat-tails of LeBron and D-Wade !

    It’s now up to him that he’s one of the better PF’s in the league rather than flexing his puny a_s if he’s something really bigger than he is ! He’ll be found out by the Heat fans if proves to be anything other than that because they’re not ones to tolerate crap from a player. They’ll boo his a_s inside of the AA Arena in Miami , otherwise !

    tophatal ………….

  4. Dan says:

    Completely agree with the article. If anybody should be booed that’s Mr. Colangelo and MLSE. Bosh never checked out, I watched 90% of Raptors games in past 10 years. Colangelo saying that Bosh checked out seems like cover up for the mess that Colangelo created himself. Bryan had everything that every GM in the league could ask for — budding all-star (Bosh), a lot of cap space, carte blanche to do whatever he wants. Blaming Bosh for his own shortcomings is just a cheap shot by experienced and sneaky salesman.

    Team’s record over past 5 years (since BC took over) speaks for itself. There has been only 1 one winning season over that time. Chris walked out for nothing, we never got anything in return. Being the second worst team in the weak Eastern conference, that’s how low this franchise fell. Sure, let’s boo Bosh, as we have nothing to cheer for. This is just sad.

  5. Urban Daddy says:

    Thanks for the comment.

    I agree 100%. Bosh chose to play for a winning team in Miami. Can’t fault him for that. It’s the way he left – not telling the truth and allowing the GM to trade him that sucked. Plus LBJ is an ego-maniac.

    I hope they don’t boo, however I’m hoping for crazy glue in LBJ’s talc.

  6. tlm87 says:

    Fans are fans. If they want to throw out boos and grumble they can because they’re the diehards. Some fans are more likely to boo (Cubs, Yankees, Celtics, Browns). Some teams are less likely to boo (Stl Cardinals, Heat, Steelers). But that’s what makes sports so awesome. I understand people wanting to keep calm but some arenas and crowds can’t hold it in. Nice article and thanks for following mine.

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  7. scottgow says:

    Great post Chris, on-board totally with your assessment. Particularly like the stripper analogy. Interesting take.

    Fans are too possessive and seem to forget that pro sports careers are short lived. How can you fault a guy from wanting to spend his few prime years in a winning situation instead of a losing one? Boos and harassment should be saved for the guys who truly do check out on their team and towns (Vince), and/or make the divorce unnecessarily messy (looking at you, LeBron).

    - Scott
    @gilmoureffect
    http://thegilmoureffect.wordpress.com

  8. Bosh is a very good player, but I don’t think there is any situation where he would be a franchise player. He just doesn’t have the personality.

    Chris Bosh is what I hope Kevin Durant never ends up like.

    I hope they don’t boo him either. Nice piece Chris.

    Meehan

  9. tophatal says:

    Meehan

    What other duo in the league is as potent offensively as Durant and Westbrook at present ? Night in and night out those two bring it no matter who the opposition is !

    tophatal …………..

  10. buddad1957 says:

    Came to this post a little late. Being a Sonic fan and having the whole team taking away, it was hard to appreciate anything NBA for awhile. I save your posts and read them when I can and this one was worth the wait. I appreciate your enthusiasm and the defense you gave a “defector” from Toronto. Not many would take the time to express their feelings on the subject and as always, you expressed them well. I still have a hard time not checking on the Oklahoma Thunder scores and wish the team well, while wishing the owner would be whisked away in a mid western tornado. Blake Griffin is helping me to watch some NBA again, but until Seattle lands another team, it is hard to feel affiliated to another team.

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