Chris Bosh: The Substitute
Old 08-08-2008, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good read from CBC this morning regarding Chris and his experience with the Olympics and Team USA this summer.

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For Canadian basketball fans, Chris Bosh is about as close as they'll get to Beijing.

It's a tenuous link, considering the Toronto Raptors star was born, and still makes his off-season home, in Dallas. But with the red and white still reeling from an unsuccessful qualification attempt, hoopheads north of the border can turn their lonely eyes to Bosh when the Olympic basketball tournament kicks off Aug. 9 (Day 2).

His hometown notwithstanding, Canucks could do a lot worse than pulling for the likable Bosh, whose multifaceted game could make him a star for the U.S. team at his first Olympics.

"He's the perfect international player," Leo Rautins, a Raptors colour man and the head coach of Canada's ill-fated national team, told CBCSports.ca. "He's inside, outside, he shoots the ball, he can put it on the floor, he runs.

"The U.S. team knows [that] and that's why they're thrilled to have him."
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The Redeem Team

Their playoff battle now far in the rearview, Bosh and Howard turn their attention to restoring the fallen U.S. men's basketball team to glory.

The erstwhile Dream Team heads to Beijing looking to rebound from a series of disappointing - some might say embarrassing - defeats (hence its new moniker - the "Redeem Team").

After breezing to Olympic gold medals in 1992 (Barcelona), 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney), the U.S. and its roster of high-paid NBA stars lost their lustre at the 2002 world championships in Indianapolis and again at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. The U.S. squad finished sixth at the worlds and then suffered three defeats in Athens before rebounding to beat Lithuania in the bronze-medal game (Argentina beat Italy for the gold).

The U.S.'s failure to reach the top of the podium - unthinkable when the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson joined forces for the original Dream Team in Barcelona - caused much hand-wringing about the state of American basketball. Some pundits deemed the U.S. game too individualistic to succeed against more team-oriented international foes.

In response, USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo asked potential national-team members in 2005 to make a three-year commitment to the program. Bosh was one of the players who agreed, and in 2006 he helped the U.S. capture bronze at the world championships in Japan by averaging 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

A sore foot kept Bosh from competing in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, but this June he was among the 12 players selected to play in Beijing under legendary collegiate coach Mike Krzyzewski. Motivated by restoring national pride, and with a revamped roster featuring NBA MVP Kobe Bryant, all-world point guard Chris Paul, imposing centre Dwight Howard, and electrifying Bosh draftmates James, Anthony and Wade, the U.S. is heavily favoured to recapture the Olympic title.

"First and foremost, when I think about the Olympics, I think about when I was a kid and watching the '92 Dream Team win it all, winning the gold medal," the first-time Olympian told Toronto radio station The FAN 590. "It's the prestige of the gold medal, the prestige of the Olympics that is so big to me.

"It's about that before anything else, just competing with the USA on my chest, that's like a dream come true for me."
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Old 08-08-2008, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In reading quotes like this, I can't help but feel lucky to have such a smart and talented man as the leader of our team.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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whatever, they will talk him up now, but when he's playing for Toronto, where's the pretty words and high media exposure??????
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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not sure if you noticed, but these articles are from the canadian press ... US Media is still focused on the big stars (kobe/lebron/carmelo and wade) and pretty much ignores the rest of their players.
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whatever, they will talk him up now, but when he's playing for Toronto, where's the pretty words and high media exposure??????
in Toronto?
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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US media never really cared about Toronto and likely won't until we win a championship. When we traded for Jermaine, one of the better pf/cs in the league in this era, it got about two minutes of attention from the majority of talk show hosts on the "worldwide leader in sports," or at least on the Toronto side. Some didn't even mention it. But when Philly signed Brand, a slightly worse and less accomplished version of Jermaine, they went from a lower level playoff team to a possible contender that had the US media using most of their running time for over a week on. The point I'm trying to make is that it is unlikely for US media to ever talk about Chris like that, unless he is hoisting a trophy. American sports media just doesn't care that much about anything north of the US-Canada border.
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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hell how do we expect to get US coverage of the raps and mroe talk about the raps when toronto doesnt even talk about them beucase they are to busy talking about how shitty the leafs are and how shitty every player on leafs team is?
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So?

Hockey is better.

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So?

Hockey is better.

No its not

And the leafs may
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the US media dosnt give a rats ass about anything the raps do
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the US media dosnt give a rats ass about anything the raps do
Amen to that!
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the US media dosnt give a rats ass about anything the raps do
Well the Canadian media doesn't give a rats ass about anything the other 29 NBA teams do.

Pretty fair trade off, no?
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no because the canadian media isnt as big as the US media
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