A Whole Lot of Nothing

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In his post on Tuesday, Scott put it perfectly. You don’t necessarily need a specific reason to boo Chris Bosh on Wednesday night. You should do it because it’s fun, and with the season we’re currently experiencing in Toronto, you should boo Bosh and create a memorable atmosphere inside the Air Canada Centre because it’s probably the closest thing to a meaningful game this team will play for a little while. (By the way, if you’re going to the game tonight, check out Scott’s list of potential Bosh-related chants)

But if you’re one of those fans that needs to justify your madness with a method, if you really need a “reason” to boo poor Chris Bosh, then I’ll give you the only reason that really matters: he didn’t do anything for this franchise.

Sure, he played hard and well for seven years in Toronto and gave us some memories, but in the grand scheme of things, he didn’t do anything for us.

I’m of the belief that if a guy wins a championship in a city (and there are no extenuating circumstances), he pretty much deserves a lifetime pass in that city. He should always be welcomed back with open arms, no matter where his career takes him after that. In rare circumstances, when a player has really lifted a city, (think Doug Gilmour with the Leafs in the early 90′s), he deserves that same championship treatment, even if he never won a title in the city.

Other than that, fans should have free reign to treat returning players as they see fit.

Forget winning a championship, Bosh never won more than two playoff games in a season in Toronto. In seven tries, he got the Raptors to the playoffs just twice and only had one winning season here. You could definitely make the argument that Bryan Colangelo (and Rob Babcock before him) never surrounded Bosh with the sufficient talent to truly succeed. But then I would have to counter that argument with my opinion that during the Colangelo Era, Bosh probably had a better supporting cast than LeBron James or Dwyane Wade had, most of the time.

Bosh always seemed to work his tail off on the floor, and did steadily improve year after year. He should have probably never been a franchise player in the NBA, but he worked hard enough to almost fool everyone into believing that he was. In many ways, Chris Bosh was the “Anti-Vince.” While Vince Carter never fully utilized his out of this world natural talent and athletic abilities, Bosh probably got more out of his body and his skill-set than he ever should have, simply because he worked hard at his craft.

You have to respect that, and I do. Believe me when I tell you that Bosh deserves a lot more respect than Vince Carter ever deserved, and deep down, I think a lot of you know that. You also have to recognize the great work Bosh always did in the community.

Bosh gave a lot to the Raptors organization, and everyone knows this. But as Bryan Colangelo mentioned in this Toronto Sun interview, “he arguably took a lot away when he left.”

It may seem confusing that on one hand, I’m saying Bosh gave a lot to the franchise and on the other, I’m saying he didn’t do anything. In his “First Ink” DVD released in 2009, Bosh said the reason no Raptors player has his jersey in the rafters is “because nobody’s done anything yet.” Even at that point, just over a year ago, Bosh was already recognizing that no matter the contributions guys like him and Vince Carter have made to the Raptors, nobody had done anything yet. And Bosh sure as hell didn’t do anything in his only Raptors season following that DVD release.

So if you ask Bosh, even he knows what I’m talking about. He didn’t do anything here. It’s that simple. And if you think a guy deserves your undying love and a pass from the boo-birds despite that, I’d have to question your true loyalty as a fan of a team instead of just a player.

Bosh has said time and time again that his leaving Toronto had nothing to do with the city, that it was nothing personal, just business. It was him doing what he had to do.

Well, Chris, as Raptors fans, as Torontonians, as proud Canadians, understand that the reception you receive on Wednesday night is nothing personal.

As the Corleone family said, “it’s only business.” It’s what we have to do.