Smith: Bosh has winning on his mind
Old 09-29-2009, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)

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Bosh will be the focal point of all things Raptor this coming season. He's the team's best player and its face, but he's also in the tenuous position of facing free agency next year and that will force him to carry an even larger burden this year.

He will be inundated with questions about his future intentions; they will get tiresome and boring. He will deal with them the best he knows how, all the while trying to play his best basketball to create even more of a buzz around him.

"I think we have a lot to work towards this year. I think we have a lot of potential and I think it gets the fans excited for this upcoming season," he said. "I know a lot of fans were very nervous about what was going to happen, we had a lot of free agents and things like that, but (president and GM) Bryan (Colangelo)'s worked really hard and now it's our time to do our job and work really hard so we can get some wins this year."

To get more wins and have a better season and create an atmosphere Bosh feels comfortable in long-term, he's going to have to continue to be the 20-point, 10-rebound all-star he's been for the past four years. He's got a better supporting cast than he's ever had thanks to Colangelo's off-season machinations which puts even more of an onus on him to perform.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I find this encouraging.

Chris Bosh has reached a watershed mark in his relatively young NBA career, a star at the crossroads and he's grown up enough to know talk is cheap.

Try to get him to make some bold statement.

Try to goad him into making some guarantee.

It's not going to work. He's been burned once.

"When we looked at our team on paper last year before we came into training camp and even into the first week of the season, we had very high expectations and they stayed there. Things just didn't work out," he said during the team's annual media day on Monday.

"Honestly, my feelings were extremely hurt because all those things I was saying early in the season just didn't happen.

"It's not to say I don't have high hopes now but I'm not trying to predict it. I'm just trying to work to get where we want to go and we'll enjoy the fruits of our labour later."
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm just trying to work to get where we want to go and we'll enjoy the fruits of our labour later.
That was definitely one thing that was missing from him and Jose at this point last season. They both came in a little too high on their prospects and their summer achievements and got slapped around by reality. I really like the even keel approach and the work ethic that is being expressed all-around this time.
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