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Daily Raptor Dish - 17.02.11
Bosh knew boos were coming
Boos for Bosh — and a Heat win
Of course Bosh could and did accurately predict this wouldn’t be the worst reception the Heat would face all season. Nothing could or will compare to the rude welcome Cleveland laid out for Akron’s own LeBron James.
“Cleveland was,” Bosh said without hesitation. “You had to be there for that.”
Bosh was also asked pre-game if he would be hurt by a hostile reception.
Bosh said no, but unless he’s done a complete personality change in the last eight months or so, he wasn’t being completely truthful.
Those who know Bosh best from his days in Toronto know Bosh, unlike of lot of his professional brethren, cares deeply what people think of him.
But Bosh readily admits he made his choice and he’s not about to second-guess anything about it, even if he doesn’t have the expanded role he once owned here.
The question of whether Bosh missed the franchise player status he had here in Toronto was raised.
“Sometimes I do,” Bosh said. ‘But I can’t let my ego get in the way of what I wanted to do and that’s win a championship or multiple championships.”
Bargnani looked like he had something to prove
After the game Bosh was visited by a pair of Raptors in the Heat locker room. Waiting for him as he exited the shower was MLSE Chairman Larry Tanenbaum who shook his hand and thanked him. Point guard Jose Calderon also showed up, introducing Bosh to his 7-month old son.
The Raptors didn’t make it easy for Bosh on the court, nor did anyone think they would. The Heat ran the first two possessions to get Bosh in rhythm. Instead the Raps got a steal and a block to initially keep him off the board but that didn’t last long.
Nothing much seemed to bother Bosh on the court last night but after the game, he admitted some of the negative treatment from the fans got to him.
“You get surprised,” Bosh said. “You know we are human and people that supported you for so long, just to hear some of that stuff makes you upset. I just try to channel that into the game, use that anger to feed my aggression and just help my team win.”
The Raptors showed Bosh lots of attention defensively but really the only thing close to a hard foul on him all night came in the second quarter when rookie Ed Davis, coming over to help after Bosh had beaten his initial defender, came down hard with a chop on Bosh’s arm sending the eight-year vet to the line.
The Raptors hung around most of the night. Down by as many as 13 early in third quarter, the home side whittled it down to eight heading into the final frame and had it down to a four-point deficit with 51/2 minutes to go.
The sell-out crowd, though, had either spent their voices on Bosh or were saving it for the next time he touched the ball because they certainly weren’t responding to the game on the floor.
Bosh’s return did bring out the best in one Raptor and that was Andrea Bargnani who had 38 points for his best scoring night since an early December game against the Knicks when he had 41, a career high.
Bargnani saw his three-pointer, which has been inconsistent of late, return in this game, hitting from beyond the arc five times in six attempts.
Sound but little fury at the ACC
Once again, at least early on, it seemed pretty personal for Andrea Bargnani.
Two games after picking up his game against the man picked right after him in the 2006 draft, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bargnani went right at Chris Bosh.
Toronto’s new go-to guy, made its old primary option work defensively, especially in the first quarter.
Bargnani got around Bosh for a pretty one-handed lay-in and launched a bunch of jumpers in his face to various degrees of success.
Going back to attack-mode, Bargnani later went right around Bosh and threw down a spinning one-handed dunk in the second quarter.
Late in the fourth, Bargnani up-faked Bosh and after Bosh flew past him, calmly hit a three to cut Miami’s lead to four.
While Bosh guarded Bargnani, Ed Davis or Amir Johnson drew the job of containing Bosh at the other end.
Bargnani scored 38 points, Bosh added 25.
Triano snubbed Bosh in Miami
Everything about Wednesday night had a big-event feel, if a mid-week NBA game between a 40-15 team and a 15-40 team can be considered big.
But what a strange sporting city we have become. We get more excited about seeing Chris Bosh return than we did about him ever playing for the Raptors.
He was here seven years. We never got this emotional about him when he was here. The game Wednesday night against the stacked Miami Heat began with a sense of purpose, before the division between rosters became overly apparent.
And let’s be honest: Bosh’s a fine basketball player, just not someone that gets you all gaga. He’s not much of a hero and has never been any kind of real villain. He never was in his time here. He’s a good player, all right. Just not the kind who grabs you by the waist and carries you along for the ride.
He wasn’t over-the-top adored when he played here.
He isn’t over-the-top despised now.
He is what he is: a nice guy of sorts who came to the realization that he couldn’t frontline a contender and had to play a complimentary role to get where he wants to be in the sport.
That, more than anything else, is his alleged crime. He left for more money, a better opportunity, warmer weather. Who wouldn’t make the same decision?
He was the front-line Raptor who took the team nowhere most years. Now that he’s gone, people thought they would act like a spouse who walked out and set fire to the apartment before leaving. But most of the time, Bosh was a good mate: And now he is miscast in a role of villain he seems to find just a little amusing.
The sell-out crowd at the ACC tried really hard to hate him, but couldn’t. There were some boos. There were some cheers. There was a lot of in between.
Hard as they may have tried, the crowd couldn’t turn it into a Vince Carter boo-fest. But It didn’t have that kind of ring or that kind of emotional commitment. It was loud in the first quarter, quieter in the second, in the third, in the ...
Bosh shrugs off boos as Heat down Raptors 103-95
For the most part, Chris Bosh stayed away from slinging any mud himself in his Toronto return, but he did make an exception when he was asked about his relationship with Raptors head coach Jay Triano.
“I tried to shake his hand before the game the first time we played in Miami,” Bosh said. “I guess he really didn’t want to talk before the game. I was just trying to say hello, but if he’s not feeling it, it’s all good.”
Bosh was then asked if that surprised him.
“Yeah, it surprised me,” Bosh said . “At the end of the day, this is a game. This is business for us, but it’s a game. You spend a significant amount of time with somebody, you just want to say: ‘Hey, how you doin? How’s the family?’ I wasn’t looking to have a candid conversation before the game.”
Feschuk: Bosh seals return with a kiss
Andrea Bargnani exploded for 38 points, including five three-pointers; DeMar DeRozan had 24 and rookie Ed Davis grabbed 13 rebounds, his third straight game with at least 13.
They responded to the moment by making their presence felt instead of cowering from the emotion, the noise and that abundant talent of their opponents.
“They work hard, they’re in the gym all the time and they believe in themselves and they have a lot of confidence,” Bosh said of Bargnani and DeRozan. “It was like me when Vince left, I had to step my game up .. yeah, we had some rough patches and we were losing games so I would say the same thing to those guys.”
If anyone else outside of Bargnani or DeRozan could have made a shot, it could have been an entirely different night.
“And it’s a shame because guys who are pretty good at scoring and making shots weren’t making shots,” said Triano. “Amir (Johnson, 2-for-10) is usually pretty dependable inside and Jose (Calderon, 2-for-9) pretty good with that 18-foot jump shot and that’s two of them (and) Leandro (Barbosa (1-for-7) can shoot the ball better than he did.
“It’s hard to single out one guy but we had some good looks in a real tight game and it kind of slipped away when we missed some good shots.”
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So what did Bosh intend, blowing those kisses to the crowd?
“I miss ’em and I love ’em so much,” Bosh said.
Was he being sarcastic?
“What does sarcastic mean?” he said, sarcastically.
Then he elaborated: “It’s sarcastic to all the naysayers, and it’s real to all the good supporters . . . If people don’t support you now, they never supported you at any time . . . If things can change that quick, they were never with you in the first place.”
Heat, Bosh burn lowly Raptors
Now, I was probably never going to stop by the D League all-star game out in L.A. this weekend – I think I’d rather eat nails – but it’s cemented for sure now that I’m not going.
Because neither is Trey Johnson.
He told me last night he’s taking the weekend off to go home and see his family instead of playing in the game and I wonder if last night was the last night we’ll see him around the Raptors.
His second 10-day has expired, it’s time for the Raptors to either sign him for the rest of the year or let him go and I think they’re best suited with keeping an open roster spot until next Thursday’s trade deadline in case Bryan finds some one-for-two deal out there.
Not hearing too many trade rumbles – that’ll like pick up this weekend when a bunch of people are out west – but the flexibility is important.
And having watched the Raptors Not Named Bargnani go 1-for-8 from three-point range and realizing that they remain dead last in the NBA in that skill, if Bryan’s got even a wee tiny deal cooking, it’s got to be for someone with shooting range.
Just kisses from Chris
After three days of being grilled on CB’s return, Calderon had had enough.
“Let’s talk about the game, please,” he snapped during a scrum after Wednesday morning’s shootaround, interrupting a reporter as soon as the word “Bosh,” slipped from his mouth.
The onslaught continued, but in the end, one reporter managed to lighten the mood considerably.
“So, how do you stop [Heat guard] Mario Chalmers?”
Raptors come up short in Bosh's return
So now, the hatred will have to be dealt out vicariously. So now, it’s time to cheer for the Boston Celtics to beat down the Miami Heat at some point in the playoffs. In Toronto? Time to move on to the same old.
To the credit of the Toronto Raptors, they acquitted themselves much better on Wednesday night in facing down the Chris Bosh and the Heat than the Cleveland Cavaliers did on LeBron James’ return to Cleveland. No, that doesn’t do them justice: they were hanging in with hopes of an upset, until the officiating crew of Marc Davis, Marat Kogut and David Guthrie decided to uphold the NBA tradition of bowing down to the team with the superstar and gave LeBron James the china doll treatment – and until Jose Calderon decided his putrid 2-for-7 shooting night was reason enough for him to start throwing up jump shots. Yikes.
He's not Vince
Bosh was booed as he skipped on the floor with his teammates 18 minutes before tip, but it was tame; the building did not fill up until just before the starting lineups, although that did not stop those that showed up early from booing Bosh as his face flashed across the centre-court video screen during The Star-Spangled Banner.
"It was crazy. It was a good atmosphere for our team," DeRozan said. "It felt good tonight."
The throaty disapproval continued as the starting lineups were announced, but it was not much louder for him than it was for James.
"It's more of a big deal now only because I'm not here," Bosh said before the game. "It's going to be an exciting night. They have fantastic fans here. This is a wonderful arena to play in. There's going to be a lot of excitement. There has been excitement before. A lot of people have been itching for that. We'll probably see a lot of that tonight.
"It makes it exciting. My nerves are working."
And it was kind of a glorious start for Bosh haters. An entry pass to him resulted in a turnover; Bargnani hit a three-pointer over him; Bosh missed a layup; Bargnani faked out Bosh on the post.
The Raptors crowd was feeling good, but was never extraordinarily loud, at least in terms of unadulterated hate. So when Bosh got it going -- a pair of free throws, two layups in the first quarter -- there was not much vitriol. It was more resignation, perhaps the result of a brutal Raptors season.
Chris Bosh scores 25 points against his former team as Heat beat Raptors, 103-95
Bosh remains unaware of why Toronto would be angry with him -- despite his tongue-in-cheek "should I stay or should I go?" tweet from April, his disingenuous tweets the morning it as reported he was signing in Miami, his complaint about not getting "the good cable" in Toronto. Despite his admission that as a free agent, he toyed with people's emotions. And most of all, despite the way he never thanked a single employee after leaving; the way he either talked about Toronto like it was a cage -- on the court, he meant -- or practically pretended it didn't exist.
"At the end of the day, it's just picking up stuff," Bosh said. "You don't pick a situation for cable. I don't even watch that much TV, to be honest with you. Cable wasn't a main factor in me [making my decision]. Neither was Twitter. Twitter is just to have fun. I don't even Twitter any more, do you know what I mean?
"That was just to have fun with it, whatever. I'm really not looking for advice to the general public. If people thought that's what it was, it wasn't. It's just easy to pick at reasons why I left and how I left. I never said anything bad about the city or the organization."
When asked if he could have done something different enough to have been welcomed back with open arms, Bosh just shook his head.
"I don't think so, nah. I don't think so. Just because of the past, and how other guys left, and their reaction to other guys who left, I don't think it would have been different."
He's wrong. If he hadn't been so flippant, so airy, so much less mature-seeming than when he was here, it would have been different. When Ilgauskas left Cleveland, his home of 14 years, he took out a full-page newspaper ad. He showed the fans he cared. Bosh didn't.
But then, Raptors fans didn't seem to care so much, either. A handful of ejections, a half's worth of real anger, and a meek finish.
On Thursday morning Toronto will be left with a bad team that operates in a dusty obscurity, and a long, monotonous season still to finish. But for a night, the Raptors mattered. For a half, the fans truly cared. Consider it Bosh's final gift to the franchise he abandoned. He gave Toronto that.
"Fans are passionate," James said. "They believe that you should live your life and your career through them. When you don't do that, they automatically turn on you. I've handled that first-hand. It was just great to see him come out here, he was very aggressive from the start. We wanted to be there for him as a brother, as a teammate and send him off to All-Star Weekend the right way."
The similarities between Bosh and James ended at it being a homecoming game.
This was hardly James going back to Cleveland.
"It's not even close," Wade said. "You can't compare it."
While extra security was hired for James' return, Bosh's appearance was much milder. The extent of the heckling was a few boos from the 20,156 in attendance and a couple clever signs, one referring to James as Batman, Dwyane Wade as Robin and Bosh as Catwoman.
"If people don't support you now, they never supported you at any time," Bosh said. "Switching teams, it really doesn't mean that much ... I know there are those that support me here and still support me to this day and I appreciate that. For everyone else, if things can change that quick, then they were never with you in the first place."
Bosh in the end had the last laugh. He became the third straight former Raptors player to leave as the victor in his return, joining Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter. Bosh was greeted by more boos as he walked off the court. Before exiting, he blew a few kisses to the crowd.
"It was Valentine's Week, so …" James said of the gesture.
Bosh said the moment sent a message to both his fans and critics.
"It's a sarcastic one to all the naysayers," he said. "It's real talk to the supporters. People are going to take it the way they want to. The most important thing was the win."
The early enthusiasm from the Raptors crowd faded as the Heat steadily gained control. After leading 50-46 at the half, the Heat turned it up in the third quarter. A pair of free throws by Bosh made it 73-61 with four minutes left in the quarter.
The Raptors kept it close, keeping the lead under double-digits. Andrea Bargnani, who led all scorers with 38 points, scored on a jump hook over Bosh to make it a six-point deficit. After Wade responded with a 3-point play that pushed the lead to nine with 6:37 left in the game, Bargnani scored again and DeMar DeRozan hit a baseline jumper to make it 88-84.
The Raptors best chance for the upset came when they had possession while trailing 91-87. The rally stalled when guard DeMar DeRozan was called for traveling.