Truth or Myth: Chris Bosh
Old 09-19-2008, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good read where this writer asks himself the question - Can CB4 become the Raptors’ franchise player?

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It’s entirely possible Chris Bosh is the opposite of everything we say he is.

Bosh carries on his shoulders the hopes of an entire franchise, which oddly means also carrying the hopes of an entire country. Chris Bosh is the first player who comes to mind when we think north of the border. And can you believe this soft-spoken dude doubles as a used car salesman?

For all the things right with Bosh, there are persistent murmurs: Is he strong enough? Is he domineering enough? Is he even a franchise player? His body of work – though impressive – leaves him stranded somewhere in the middle on all those questions.
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Does Chris Bosh have it in him?

Until proven otherwise, probably not. But thankfully, he’s got a nice frontcourt addition (Jermaine O’Neal, who’s still only 29 remember?), a pass-first point guard (Jose Calderon) whose eyes will be finally fixed forward instead of over his shoulder, and a solid supporting cast that can make noise in the not-so-formidable East. So if you think Bosh is a franchise player, just realize, he doesn’t have to be.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man..people love agreeing with Benzo.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Man..people love agreeing with Benzo.
This guy does know what he's talking about.

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Myth: Sam Mitchell is the wrong coach for Chris Bosh and the Raptors.
Truth: Mitchell was one tough dude during his playing days, but his best player (Bosh) certainly isn’t the first guy most associate with hard. So is there really anyone better equipped to guide Bosh than Mitchell? Not likely. Even after earning Coach of the Year honors in 2007 (and a contract extension), outsiders still speculated Mitchell might not be the right man for the Raptors’ personnel.

This is the same Mitchell who was hauled-off the CBA scrapheap in ’89 and still managed to forge a 13-year NBA career. The same Mitchell who’s credited with taking KG under his wing in Minnesota when the Big Ticket was still a teen. The same Mitchell who made Bosh run sprints alone, in front of his teammates during practice while screaming “I ain’t givin’ you nuthin’ Chris Bosh!” over and over.

Mitchell has been so demanding of Bosh these past few years it’s almost frightening. But the results are unavoidable: A division title, two trips to the Playoffs, three All-Star appearances for Bosh. For what it’s worth, in the duration that CB4 has played under Mitchell, he’s scored more points than Duncan, grabbed more boards than Amare, and raised his game to a level matched by only a precious few at his position.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yea the Sam Mitchell part is soo true.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can recall Bosh getting in the face of this or that guy. Anyway the whole franchise thing is mystifying to me in terms of it's importance. I just don't look for that kind of thing. One guy carrying a whole team isn't all that interesting to me.

The one area where Bosh disappoints me is in regard to his fragility. If it's not one knee it's the other, or both, or the heel. I'd love to see him get through a season unscathed. If only he could go through some of the physical punishment that Lebron does without being out for more than a few minutes. If he can stay strong right through to the end, then he will get his due for doing all the other stuff.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In all fairness, Lebron is unique, and he's built for abuse.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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In all fairness, Lebron is unique, and he's built for abuse.
No doubt - I should have said I would love to see something approaching his durability.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So is Dwight Howard and maybe even Joey G
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