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.

Comments (4)

  1. You shouldn’t boo if for no other reason than because it is counter productive, almost always ending in the object of derision having an above average game.

  2. Bosh deserves muted applause when he’s introduced, and then indifference. He was objectively a very good player for this team that acted like a total pro until this past offseason, or arguably after the all-star break when he clearly didn’t look the same. Still, the whole point is that he shouldn’t be compared to LeBron or Wade in that he couldn’t carry a better supporting cast (which is debatable) to more success in the playoffs. He’s the 3rd banana now, and he was never in that elite class, even if he talked about himself that way. He shouldn’t be faulted because BC tried to build around him as the top guy.

    He’s going to get booed because Raptor fans still boo even the likes of McGrady, which is batshit insane. The reason he shouldn’t be booed is because indifference would hurt him more than all the attention he seeks (positive or negative), and however anyone wants to explain the booing, ultimately fans only boo players they care about. The more we boo, the more it sounds like we really wanted Bosh to stay. And how many of us really, really wanted him to sign here on a max deal anyway (apart from BC who now apparently welcomes the cap freedom and rebuilding)?

    Seriously, it looks like BC is going to get a 5 year contract and fans are going to boo the hell out of Bosh? The guy had to play for Sam Mitchell and Jay Triano, and as a finesse 4, BC decided to surround him with an ultra-finesse, oversized shooting guard masquerading as a 5. Give me a break…

  3. I’m usually with you and Scott, but you guys are way off on this.

    Because he did nothing for this franchise?

    Should we then boo every other current and former Raptor, who at best, has also accomplished as little as Bosh did?

    Based on this logic, should somebody take Colangelo hostage ala 90′s comedy Celtic Pride?

  4. Larry: We don’t have to boo every former Raptor, but a lot of people want to boo Bosh and why they want to boo him is their business. He’s not a Raptor anymore so it’s fair game. There’s really no need to justify it. I’m looking forward to the booing and heckling because I want to see his reaction and I’m hoping some of the chants will be funny and/or clever. It’s entertainment to me.

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