03-18-2010, 04:24 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Mike Ulmer: Enjoy Bosh
I have really gained some respect for Mike Ulmer since he has joined the Raptors
This article just adds to it.
RAPTORS: Mike Ulmers Blog
Let's Go Back To Enjoying The Guy...
March 18, 2010 - 11:05 a.m.
Iím not going to kid you, this is a great gig.
My paycheque is signed by the same people who sign Chris Boshís cheque and there is no difference in their size: both fit into a standard-sized envelope.
But every job has its pitfalls. The people I work with are bright, energetic and committed to their job. When I write about the failings of the Leafs or Raptors, part of me feels as if I am working at cross purposes with the very colleagues I so admire.
That said, I am accountable to the reader and to my view of the truth. My workmates and superiors understand and are wholly supportive.
There, I have declared my bias so I can say this.
I am confounded with the fascination, even obsession people have with Chris Boshís future.
I get that basketball, far more than hockey, is dependent on one transcendent star. I understand the impact of Boshís decision to stay or go. I know how important that decision is.
But when I do a Raptors chat, one question in five is about Boshís plans which, as everybody has heard, are known only to him.
When he plays poorly, itís his swan song. When he doesnít acknowledge the standing ovation for his 10,000th point, he is signaling his decision to leave. If he waved to everyone in the house and the Raps lost, he would have been castigated for putting his interests over the team.
There seems to be no enjoying the guy, even as he hit a marvelous 20-foot basket to beat Atlanta, Wednesday night.
I donít think this reflects on our Canadian tendencies as much as the history of the Leafs and Raptors. The Leafs have a rich history of bringing free agents from other places. Once upon a time, the Blue Jays did too.
But the Raptor fans have seen generational stars such as Damon Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady, Antonio Davis, and of course Vince Carter write their own ticket out of Dodge.
And so people fret. They fulminate. They read things into gestures or non-gestures until the conversation stops being about a playerís worth but about whether he is staying.
And thatís silly because if you lose sight of the value of a person and player, why would you worry about his future?
If these are the final days of Chris Bosh as a Raptor, so be it. Hereís hoping he goes out with a bang. The sign and trade option remains and Bryan Colangelo will bring value to a team that still needs a shakeup even after last seasonís overhaul.
If he decides to stay, thatís great too.
But either way itís time to go back to enjoying the guy because if thereís one thing we all can agree on, itís that heís one fine basketball player.
And maybe, at least until the season ends, that can be enough.