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Old 07-27-2010, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chris Bosh repeatedly made it a point during his transition to the Miami Heat to publicly thank fans, former teammates and executives on his way out of Toronto.

Although it had long been clear that Bosh was the most likely of the major free agents to jump ship and leave his franchise, there at least seemed to be a willingness from Bosh and the Raptors front office to work together on a divorce that would satisfy the needs of both sides.

Still, all along, there seemed to be a disconnect between what was said publicly between Bosh and Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo and what actually was felt behind closed doors.

Apparently, those doors have blown open now. And if Bosh and LeBron James share anything in common beyond their move to the Heat and the championship aspirations and criticism that came with it, it's the backlash from the front-offices of their former teams.

The Toronto Sun reported in Tuesday's editions some rather scathing comments from Colangelo, who headed down a similar path Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took in questioning LeBron's competitiveness at the end of the season.

According to quotes taken from Colangelo's interview with a local sports talk show, the Sun reported that Colangelo not only took slightly-veiled shots at Bosh's recovery from injuries, but also his desire to mesh with the pieces the Raptors tried to place around him in recent years.

Bosh had been dealing with a number of nagging injuries over the second half of the season.

"Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games ... I’m not even questioning Chris’ injury. I’m telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn’t there and he chose not to play,” Colangelo said.

“The fact that our season was spiraling downward and we were hoping he’d come back sooner and we were also dealing with a few other things at that point ... we were really struggling there.”

At that point, the Raptors were in the midst of tumbling from fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race to completely out of the postseason picture. Bosh also sustained a facial fracture in the final days of the regular season that knocked him out of the remaining games.

“Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn’t quite into it down the stretch, he wasn’t the same guy. I think everybody saw that, but no one wanted to acknowledge it,” Colangelo said.

Now, apparently, no one is willing to hold back.

“I never felt we were quite in the game (in terms of signing Bosh to a new contract). There was too much out there, too much built up for him to take an easy out here, and he decided to do that.”

If the comments are reported accurately, it's safe to say that Colangelo didn't quite go Gilbert in torching Bosh after he bolted for Miami. But Colangelo also didn't stray to far from that territory.
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On the flip side, I've always felt Toronto gets a bad rap from star players who seem to despise going there or playing there for any length of time. The crowd support is great, the passion for basketball is respectable and Colangelo has been daring and aggressive in trying to make things work there.

But now, there's only more fuel for the Heat's fire. As if the team didn't generate enough already with its controversially successful offseason.

If Colangelo feels that Bosh never really gave the Raptors a chance in his free agency, and didn't do enough to salvage the season down the stretch, he's got the insight and right to justify his case.

But it's also difficult to challenge Bosh on some level, considering he did push through some of those injuries and still put together a career season in his final one with the Raptors. He never publicly demanded a trade, never openly ripped his teammates and I can't remember him bashing the coaching staff or any of Colangelo's decisions that didn't necessarily work out.

Bosh quietly chose to walk away when he had the option to do so.

Apparently, that silent treatment was deafening to some in Toronto.
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The silent treatment? I wish he did just shut up. What about him running his mouth the last couples of days.

Anyway. This issue is way too much. He left. We've moved on. So has he.
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The silent treatment? I wish he did just shut up. What about him running his mouth the last couples of days.

Anyway. This issue is way too much. He left. We've moved on. So has he.

Few days?? The guy hasn't STFU since April!
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Few days?? The guy hasn't STFU since April!
Oh you mean stuff like this...


MIAMI HEAT!!!!!!!!!
10:21 AM Jul 7th via UberTwitter
Tune in to ESPN for the Big Announcement now!
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Breakfast was stupendous!
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I'll check the news later. Sitting down for my belgian waffles right now.
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What's all the fuss about this morning? I woke up to a ton of emails, texts and missed calls.
8:02 AM Jul 7th via Twitterrific
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God that tweet about the waffles really hurt didn't it. Clearly he had no right to speak about anything. I'd call him the mouth of south beach, but that doesn't even do it justice. He's just a big fat mouthy asshole.

Whew - we've completely lost all sense of perspective huh?

You know that he attempted to devalue our currency while he was here so he could eat cheap steak dinners with his american dough. Bastard!
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I'd call him the mouth of south beach, but that doesn't even do it justice. He's just a big fat mouthy asshole.
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And an attention whore! Hehe
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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God that tweet about the waffles really hurt didn't it. Clearly he had no right to speak about anything. I'd call him the mouth of south beach, but that doesn't even do it justice. He's just a big fat mouthy asshole.

Whew - we've completely lost all sense of perspective huh?

You know that he attempted to devalue our currency while he was here so he could eat cheap steak dinners with his american dough. Bastard!
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The point there was that he was being an annoying fool with that tweet. As a Raptors fan, I was generally wondering if was leaving for the heat and he pretended like it was all hogwash to only announce a couple of hours later his so called important decision of his life.

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But it's also difficult to challenge Bosh on some level, considering he did push through some of those injuries and still put together a career season in his final one with the Raptors. He never publicly demanded a trade, never openly ripped his teammates and I can't remember him bashing the coaching staff or any of Colangelo's decisions that didn't necessarily work out.
Have we actually reached a point in the NBA where being somewhat of a sensible human being is to be rewarded?
Reading that line made me feel like the NBA is just a bunch of children in a playpen.
We made him the face of a franchise and paid him like one. All he, or a player like him, has to do is shut up and show some effort every night. There's an expectation of handling himself like a professional.
Just because he didn't rip his teammates or demand a trade does not make him some sort of hero.
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Have we actually reached a point in the NBA where being somewhat of a sensible human being is to be rewarded?
Reading that line made me feel like the NBA is just a bunch of children in a playpen.
We made him the face of a franchise and paid him like one. All he, or a player like him, has to do is shut up and show some effort every night. There's an expectation of handling himself like a professional.
Just because he didn't rip his teammates or demand a trade does not make him some sort of hero.
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Have we actually reached a point in the NBA where being somewhat of a sensible human being is to be rewarded?
Reading that line made me feel like the NBA is just a bunch of children in a playpen.
We made him the face of a franchise and paid him like one. All he, or a player like him, has to do is shut up and show some effort every night. There's an expectation of handling himself like a professional.
Just because he didn't rip his teammates or demand a trade does not make him some sort of hero.
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[quoteYuksek;417195]What's all the fuss about this morning? I woke up to a ton of emails, texts and missed calls.
8:02 AM Jul 7th via Twitterrific[/quote]

I really hate it when people act like this.

For some reason, it reminds me of when people in school would study all night for a test, finish the test in 10 mins the next day, and then at the end of class say they probably failed it.
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Have we actually reached a point in the NBA where being somewhat of a sensible human being is to be rewarded?
Reading that line made me feel like the NBA is just a bunch of children in a playpen.
We made him the face of a franchise and paid him like one. All he, or a player like him, has to do is shut up and show some effort every night. There's an expectation of handling himself like a professional.
Just because he didn't rip his teammates or demand a trade does not make him some sort of hero.
I don't see a whole lot of sensible people anywhere, especially on twitter. Look around, and if you don't find it around you, look at the culture of the USA. I see a bunch of children around every corner. Life seems to be about holding onto your childishness for as long as possible.

The obsession with a few tweets and a few lines by an athlete seems a little childish to me to be honest. I understand the disappointment on some level, and I get why you don't want me to see Bosh as a hero. I don't. I've explained before that my one childhood hero was one of the biggest douchebags in all of professional sports. But you know what - I still appreciate what he did on the field. And why shouldn't I? That is where my interest lied. I had a sports hero, I wasn't looking for anybody to look up to as a person.

Bosh showed effort every night. I'm not sure what he ever said that warrants him needing to shut up, but I really don't care either. He is who he is, and he wasn't committing any crimes or doing any real harm. So when I hear that he needs to shut up and just play I hear something akin to needing him to just be a basketball player and forget about being the person that he is, as imperfect as that might be. And that seems a bit fucked up to me. I imagine it is in contrast to the celebrity culture that actually cares little of the basketball player, and expects every messy corner of his being to be freely exposed for our entertainment. I think there can be a bit of a balance there, and we'll see if he finds it or not. The reaction here seems to suggest he's already gone way overboard and never shown any kind of professionalism, and I just think that makes us out to be a little bit precious.
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