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Raptors1995 03-29-2012 04:04 AM

Bosh: Tough seeing Raptors struggle
 
Bosh: Tough seeing Raptors struggle

While Chris Bosh is focused on the home stretch of the regular season with the Miami Heat , he can’t help but feel bad for his former Toronto Raptors teammates.

Bosh and the Heat roll into town to take on the Raptors on Friday and the seven-time NBA all-star said he doesn’t enjoy watching his old squad suffer.

"It's never fun watching your friends struggle," Bosh told Tim & Sid on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday. "It's just tough to see these guys struggle, especially with Andrea (Bargnani) and Jose (Calderon). To see guys go through that struggle it's hard, but you find out what you're really made of (when you go through tough times during a season)."

While Friday’s game won’t be Bosh’s first trip back to the Air Canada Centre, the seven-time NBA all-star said it's still an odd feeling coming into building as a visitor.

"I wore that uniform for a while," Bosh said. "I felt backwards (the first time back at the ACC). It's always a challenge (going back to Toronto) but eventually I'll get used to it."

Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Raptors in the 2003 NBA draft, but left Toronto to sign with the Heat following the 2009-2010 season in a highly-publicized move to join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami.

Even though Raptors fans still have strong feelings about the fact he left, Bosh said that he has no regrets as to the way things played out, and that the split was made to be more dramatic than it really was.

"It was a very tough decision (to leave Toronto). A lot of people think it was easy but it was a very stressful time for me," Bosh said. "That was something that was wearing on me for a while, but I think I handled it well. I don't regret anything at all."

When Bosh and James signed in Miami, the Heat organization received a lot of flak from basketball fans and media for the way they loaded up on superstars and presented them to the public.

However, there isn't as much of a spotlight on Miami this season and Bosh believes that has benefitted the team.

"If it's not helping us win a championship, we don't care about it," Bosh said.

"We aren't under the microscope as much as we were last year," Bosh said. "We put all that behind us and just concentrated on basketball (this season). We came up short (last year) and that's all we care about now.”

Statistically, Bosh is having his worst season since 2004, his second year in the league. In 45 games this year, Bosh has averaged 18.1 point, 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 blocks and 35.4 minutes per game. The Heat are currently on a two-game losing streak, with both defeats coming on the road. Before flying to Toronto, they host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in a rematch of last season's NBA championship.

"We've hit kind of a rough spot in the last couple weeks," Bosh added. "We're not playing the way we want to (but) we're motivated we know what we want to do."

With a record 35-13, the Heat currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference. And despite their desire to redeem themselves against the Mavericks, Bosh said the Heat's rivalry with the NBA-leading Chicago Bulls is more important and heated than it is with Dallas.

"It's more competitive with Chicago," Bosh said. "We know that to get to where we want to go, we have to go through them."

Heat's Bosh feels bad for struggling Raptors - sportsnet.ca

Admiral 03-29-2012 08:42 AM

you think in the end of the day he cares that much, if you read into what he's saying its more that its tough to see his friends struggling, guys like jose and bargnani, he couldn't care less if the team as a whole was struggling
you think he actually sits there at home feeling bad for the raptors, he probably found out he was playing here this week, started remembering the guys he used to play with and figures he should say something good about them

Raptorman 03-29-2012 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Admiral (Post 631541)
you think in the end of the day he cares that much, if you read into what he's saying its more that its tough to see his friends struggling, guys like jose and bargnani, he couldn't care less if the team as a whole was struggling
you think he actually sits there at home feeling bad for the raptors, he probably found out he was playing here this week, started remembering the guys he used to play with and figures he should say something good about them

Gotta disagree Admiral (salutes). Bosh's biggest problem is that he is just a "nice guy". He is too trusting and sometimes says and does the wrong things.

My guess is this is why he doesnt get along sociably with LeChoke and Wade.

He gave 100% here for 6.5 years. The criticisms he receives for some ill timed tweets is deserved. But shouldnt erase the years of service he gave to the Raps.

fancylad 03-29-2012 09:01 AM

Chris Bosh can get fucked.

jeffb 03-29-2012 09:03 AM

Whatever! We're going to get smoked.

bjjs 03-29-2012 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Admiral (Post 631541)
you think in the end of the day he cares that much, if you read into what he's saying its more that its tough to see his friends struggling, guys like jose and bargnani, he couldn't care less if the team as a whole was struggling
you think he actually sits there at home feeling bad for the raptors, he probably found out he was playing here this week, started remembering the guys he used to play with and figures he should say something good about them

Maybe he got asked a series of questions in this interview that led him to such thoughts?

AznRayD 03-29-2012 09:33 AM

We dont need your pity Bosh!

b55bgc 03-29-2012 10:39 AM

Bosh was one of Torontos best players.
I still like his game. Even though its been minimalized by the two egos on his team.
Its nice to hear he still cares and I think its genuine.

Its too bad he is playing with Le asshole, i hope miami never wins a championship.

moremilk 03-29-2012 10:48 AM

thanks bosh, it's tough seeing you struggle too :)

I remember when he said he wants to be a somebody and get recognition,make an all nba team and stuff like that. I guess all he can do now is utter "i coulda been a contender".

Guess what, we'll get over you, not so sure about you ever getting over us.

moremilk 03-29-2012 10:50 AM

He's a nice guy though, if only he had better advisors. His opinion of himself is not really in line with reality.

The Diamond Scorpion 03-29-2012 10:54 AM

I hate when players do this. He doesn't give a shit about the raptors organization or any players on the team that he use to play with. If he did he would have signed an extension. Now I don't really care that he left because we have some decent young guys now, and with a few right pieces added this summer we should be a playoff team by no later than 2 years time. Just like b55bgc said I hope miami never wins a championship.

Superjudge 03-29-2012 11:08 AM

His departure decision was fine. How he did it, and the ideology behind it...not what I would have done in the same situation. Thats said, he's not a bad dude, I think he's better than they give him credit for in Miami. They don't win without him.

jeffb 03-29-2012 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by moremilk (Post 631559)
thanks bosh, it's tough seeing you struggle too :)

I remember when he said he wants to be a somebody and get recognition,make an all nba team and stuff like that. I guess all he can do now is utter "i coulda been a contender".

Guess what, we'll get over you, not so sure about you ever getting over us.


He's struggling?

MikeToronto 03-29-2012 11:30 AM

:yawn:

Boring.

:yawn:

myklue 03-29-2012 11:36 AM

lol he's definitely not struggling in miami. I went to see Miami play Orlando last week and he dominated the first half. like someone said earlier, they don't win without him.

Shadowfax 03-29-2012 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by moremilk (Post 631559)

Guess what, we'll get over you

just like they've gotten over Carter ?...T-Mac ?...Hedo ?

MikeToronto 03-29-2012 11:51 AM

:yawn:

Once again - when these types of threads either stop appearing or start dying in infancy, as well they should, we will know that at least this forum has got over him.

jrob23 03-29-2012 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by moremilk (Post 631559)

Guess what, we'll get over you, not so sure about you ever getting over us.

He made it to the finals his first season out of Toronto.. that's like breaking up with a 5 and getting with a 9.. i'm sure he's doing fine

MikeToronto 03-29-2012 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by jrob23 (Post 631600)
He made it to the finals his first season out of Toronto.. that's like breaking up with a 5 and getting with a 9.. i'm sure he's doing fine

More like a 6, 7 perhaps, breaking up with a 5 and getting into the threesome with two 10s. ;)

bjjs 03-29-2012 01:06 PM

This will be the perfect game for Bosh to stop playing like he's been playing as of late. I want to see lock down defense on Bargs, and 50 and 10. Nothing less.


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