For the past couple of years, I have thought that Chris Bosh is the best player in the NBA that not too many people talk about. Maybe it’s because he’s not loud or boisterous, maybe it’s because he’s not flashy with his game or maybe it’s because he plays in Toronto which is known more for Hockey and maple syrup than it is for basketball. Whatever the reason, Bosh might be one of the most underappreciated players in the league in my opinion. The resume is solid. Bosh is a former first round pick, he’s a four time All Star, he helped the United States win a gold medal last summer in the Olympics, he’s a walking double-double, he’s improved his game every season and is having a career year this season in Toronto.
The one thing that always has gone against Bosh and will continue to go against him is that he hasn’t been able to prove his value on a big stage; He has not been able to lead his team on a deep playoff run. Of course, not all of that is his fault as Toronto has not really had a supporting cast around him that is playoff caliber. I thought this season the Raptors had a chance to be the sneaky playoff team in the Eastern Conference. They went out in the offseason and brought in Hedo Turkoglu, Antoine Wright and Jarrett Jack. Not to mention, the Raptors once again had a lottery pick and selected DeMar DeRozan. While it hasn’t been all roses in Toronto, they have shown flashes at times and are still clinging to a playoff spot early in the season. Whether that’s enough to keep soon-to-be free agent Chris Bosh in Toronto past this season remains to be seen.
Chris Bosh joined the Fan 590 in Toronto with Bob McCown to talk about his DVD coming out, getting bigger and stronger for this season, the growing pains in Toronto this year, and his future with the Raptors.
On if there was one thing that made him feel like he needed to get bigger and stronger:
“Yeah, there was. I tell the story all the time. The season wasn’t over for three weeks, two weeks maybe. I was sitting at home, I was bored, I didn’t have anything to do and I had the DVD of the gold medal game, USA versus Spain. I had never seen it, I was like man, it was a great game. I wanna watch this DVD. I popped the DVD in and I was watching it. I see all these guys, LeBron (James), Dwight (Howard), Carmelo (Anthony) and Dwyane (Wade) checks in and everybody is looking nice and yoked up and then I came in and I was like oh man, is that how I look on TV? I don’t look intimidating. There was just certain things that were happening that I wasn’t a fan of. I was like, well this has to change. I want to get bigger and stronger and look a little more intimidating too.”
On whether being bigger and stronger can be more of an advantage or disadvantage:
“Yeah, it can only be to my advantage. Playing down low, you have to be strong. It has to happen. You can’t be a weak basketball player playing in the NBA, playing 82 games a year at the four and the five position. It just can’t happen. You will get taken advantage of.”
On him saying that he likes being in Toronto:
“Yeah. It’s the truth. It was more so just a feeling. Usually when I come home, I’m like man, I can’t wait to go back to Dallas, but I came back to my apartment one day and I just opened my door and I was like ‘oh man, home.’ Even though I’m from Dallas, I came here and was like man, I feel like I’m home. I was in my environment, I felt comfortable, and I didn’t feel like I was outta place. It was more so of a feeling.”
On how much lifestyle will play into his decision in free agency this summer:
“It weighs a lot. Just like anybody else, I can’t tell the future and it’s this whole thing that everyone is intrigued with. But I just have to let time pass and then make my decision.”
On all the pieces that were brought in during the offseason:
“It’s gonna take awhile. As much as I would like for Hedo (Turkoglu) to come in, and Jarrett (Jack) to come in and we just get off to a roll that fast, it’s not going to happen. There’s going to be some rough patches, there’s going to be some growing pains. That’s something that I’ve come to understand in this league. It’s going to take time. As much as I would love to consistently win night in and night out, it’s not as easy. Could it happen? Yes it could. Sooner than later? Maybe. We just have to stay with it and stay positive and work harder and keep that mind frame. We have to keep working because we can be a good team. (Host: You’re confident in that?) I’m very confident. I have no choice. That’s the thing about the season though. You play all these games and you can let your feelings go by the wayside or you can stay positive. Whatever happens, the schedule is going to keep going. You have three or four games a week, these teams are gonna be waiting on you and good or bad it’s going to go on. We have 50 plus more games. It can be a good fifty or a bad fifty. It’s on the team.”