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Hockey ranks fourth among team sports in this country; yet the American economy has been able to siphon off major chunks of Canada's game such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and the Quebec Nordiques.

So it stands to reason that the 29 American NBA teams have the fiscal wherewithal to bring the best pro basketball player in Canada the Raptors' Chris Bosh south of the border. After all, don't we as Americans have the right to believe in our own basketball exceptionalism?

Well, despite the rumors to the contrary (the latest being a trade with the Lakers for Andrew Bynum), Bosh is still playing in the Great White North and may be for a very long time.

Here are a few things likely to keep Bosh at the centre (not center) of Canada's basketball identity:

1. The Raptors Aren't Rushing to Trade Bosh Rumors are interesting, if rarely accurate. Just ask Raptors coach Jay Triano about the Bynum-for-Bosh talk.

"I don't even think about that or worry about it because that's something that I can't control," Triano said. "I've talked to (G.M. Bryan Colangelo) extensively and those rumors are rumors. There's nothing to it. So, unless there's something to a rumor and there's a potential, something like that, I'm not going to worry about whether things like that would happen."

As long as the Raptors think they can re-sign Bosh this offseason, they have absolutely no reason to trade the franchise's all-time leading scorer.

Currently Bosh is averaging 24 ppg (slightly less than 25% of Toronto's offense) and 11.3 rpg. Bosh's Player Efficiency Rating is 26.64, which is good enough for fourth in the NBA. With the Raptors surging (they've won four straight), they'd be foolish to relinquish such a talent before the playoffs.

And if the Raptors don't trade Bosh, they'll retain his Larry Bird Rights heading into the offseason.

2. And About Those Bird Rights In the NBA, as in life, there are no guarantees. However, the Larry Bird Exception is the next best thing.

As the owner of Bosh's Bird Rights, Toronto could offer the incremental raises and a sixth year, which could potentially add up to another guaranteed $30 million. That's a large advantage over the Knicks, Nets, Bulls or whoever might take a shot at Bosh this summer.

Yes, a team without Bosh's Bird Rights could sign him for five years before ultimately extending him for even more money (which could almost negate Toronto's monetary edge in the greater scheme), but there is no guarantee things would work out that way.

Injuries are obviously one snake in the grass, but the larger issue is the upcoming labor talks. As Steve Kyler explained the other day, the owners are looking for a 50-50 split of basketball related income (BRI) in the next collective bargaining agreement. If they don't get their way on that front, shorter contracts and fewer guarantees are next on the list. That means Bosh should do his best to get every last cent this summer even if a dream pairing with LeBron James or Dwyane Wade gets sacrificed in the process.

3. You Want Me to do What? Is Chris Bosh willing to leave money on the table to play with James or Wade?

"That's a good question," Bosh said with a sly grin on his face prior to the Raptors' January 15th win over the Knicks. "I don't know (laughs). I don't know about (James and Wade). I really don't know. Like I said, it's a business, so that would be tough to do. You'd really have to make a big commitment to do that."

To be fair, Bosh didn't say, 'no,' but he also didn't seem overly excited about the proposition either.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great article. Just wondering, is this written by an American or Canadian, if its written by an American I'm gonna shit my pants.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Great article. Just wondering, is this written by an American or Canadian, if its written by an American I'm gonna shit my pants.
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A fairly level-headed article?!... One out of infinity ain't bad, I guess.
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Hypothetical...

You are Chris Bosh, arguably the top PF in the game currently. Why should you take less money to play with LBJ or Wade while they get max deals? Why shouldn't they take less to play with you?
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Hypothetical...

You are Chris Bosh, arguably the top PF in the game currently. Why should you take less money to play with LBJ or Wade while they get max deals? Why shouldn't they take less to play with you?
Because they are game-changers and dominate every game they play at both ends of the floor. Bosh has learned how to consistently dominate on offence (although, not being a ball-handler, he will always have a hard time doing it at the end of close games), but he might never be a defensive force comparable to those two guys.
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Because they are game-changers and dominate every game they play at both ends of the floor. Bosh has learned how to consistently dominate on offence (although, not being a ball-handler, he will always have a hard time doing it at the end of close games), but he might never be a defensive force comparable to those two guys.
pretty sure that's not how Bosh sees himself
And frankly, he has a point. He's still growing as a player, and he has every right to think he can lead a team to a title. At the very least he has a legitimate right to hope.

and here's the kicker, he can get both. He can stay here for 2-3 years, get most money and try his luck with this team, if it doesn't work out, at 29 he can request a trade while still in his prime. He can than go to a contender and be that 2nd star to a Lebron or Wade.
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pretty sure that's not how Bosh sees himself
And frankly, he has a point. He's still growing as a player, and he has every right to think he can lead a team to a title. At the very least he has a legitimate right to hope.

and here's the kicker, he can get both. He can stay here for 2-3 years, get most money and try his luck with this team, if it doesn't work out, at 29 he can request a trade while still in his prime. He can than go to a contender and be that 2nd star to a Lebron or Wade.
yup. sound like KG's memoires in a nutshell to me.
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Wade's team is at #8 and Bosh's team is at #5. It'd be wiser to get together in the better team provided Wade can adjust to the metric system of Canada.
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Wade's team is at #8 and Bosh's team is at #5. It'd be wiser to get together in the better team provided Wade can adjust to the metric system of Canada.
Finally someone says it.

Why does everyone cry about Bosh going to a contender????

He's on one. Maybe Wade is OUR new 2-guy.
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Finally someone says it.

Why does everyone cry about Bosh going to a contender????

He's on one. Maybe Wade is OUR new 2-guy.
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