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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  29 responses

Can Bosh Keep Up With Run&Gun Raptors?

Toronto sure hopes so, burning lungs and all: “It would seem that pushing the ball up the floor, looking for fast-break points as the first option does not feed into Bosh’s strengths. Coach Jay Triano disagrees with that easy perception of his star’s future. ‘I’ve talked to him a little bit more,’ Triano admitted. ‘It’s been hard with him because he’s been (injured). I told (Chris), `Run and play as hard as you can for as long as you can and I’ll get a sub. But don’t try and pace yourself to go 40 minutes because otherwise we’ll be plodding. I thought what he did in New York and was much better on Sunday … shorter minutes in shorter spurts. We keep asking him `How’s your leg?’ He says, `My leg is fine. My lungs are burning.’ He’ll get used to it.’ Triano believes that in a short time Bosh could learn to take advantage of the new up-tempo style and get back to the numbers he had been posting before being hobbled by injury. One 30-point, 15-rebound game could cure all.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Toronto, where changing your whole style of play, that makes the face of your franchise, who your trying to resign, look like a role player, happens.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Bosh ran run n gun fine at Lincoln HS in Dallas, he’s not foreign to it.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Something tells me Sam Mitchell wasn’t the problem.

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    @Justin Walsh, thats going to be the best point that will be ignored by media-folk looking for controversy.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Well, all I have to say is a coaching change wasn’t in need. The whole problem is everybody thinking Chris Bosh is a super star. Which he isn’t what so ever. He is a star. But not someone you build your whole team around. Raptors are in trouble the next couple years if they keep building on this team.

  • Mooks

    The problem isn’t that he can’t do it. The problem is that his knee isn’t right.

  • doyouwantmore

    I totally agree with James. Bosh is under unnecessary pressure to be a franchise superstar when he should be someone’s Scottie Pippen. It’s not a coincidence he was talking about rings and MVP trophies pre-season and it led to this. He needs a star shooting guard or a young Sean Marion.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Justin, do you think 6 years of knee injurys and plantar fasciitis plus the fact hes not playing against high school kids anymore might overshaddow the fact hes not forign to it?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    and lets be honest even if Sam Mitchell was the problem, you still keep him around for entertianment purposes.

  • a_whiteman

    Typical toronto basketball media, always bashing the star player. I can’t wait til they start the run our future out of town routine routine (ie vince). It kills me to this day that the star 2 guard we so desperatly need was given up for a zo buyout, eric williams, aaron williams and the hoffa and joey g picks. Oh what could have been with vince n bosh

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Start running when your star is wearing a ten-pound kneebrace. BRILLIANT. The NBA will be out of Canada within five years.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Bosh doesn’t look to moving around very well out there. And his offensive game is really at its best when he and Jose are working the pick and roll and he can step back for the KG-style long two. I love Bosh, but he’s not 100% and Toronto’s changing their style up might just convince him that he should head for greener (slower?) pastures.

  • Gumdrop

    You’re telling me that the quickest PF in the league, and a guy who’s game is almost entirely predicated on jumpers and face-up blow-bys, can’t adapt to playing at a faster pace?!

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/magazine/15Battier-t.html?_r=1&_r%3d1%26ref%3dmagazine witness

    Bosh is a beast. i think the man gave up on his team this season. he was putting up huge numbers when they still had a chance.

  • Gumdrop

    Plus, Bosh’s knee will be fine. He just takes time getting the rust off after an injury. If Amare could still be Amare in the Suns pre-Shaq, post-microfracture era then I’m not going to worry about Bosh.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Boing, if you knew the talent in the Dallas area in HIS time, you wouldn’t say that. Deron Williams, Darrell Arthur, Bracey Wright, Byron Eaton, CJ Miles were all in the area during Bosh’s senior year. Plus, Even if he hasn’t done it since HS, his body is built well enough for run and gun, the issue is the coach choosing to go run and gun when Bosh’s knee isnt healthy *props to Russ for beating me to it*.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Russ, that comment made no sense whatsoever. The Raptors are doing great and selling out the ACC. They have a line up to run, I see BG is trying the whole PHX system with a short rotation and wings playing the 4 and 5 spot. (Marion, Graham) Bosh will come around, he’s still the cornerstone.

  • Gumdrop

    And to Russ: the idea that the NBA will leave Toronto is ridiculous from anyone who spends as much time on the internet as you do. I’m sure that you’ve had more than a glimpse of the maniacal obsessive nature of Raptor fans. Plus, the recession isn’t hitting Canada nearly as bad as it’s getting you guys, so the white collar dopes will keep on paying for skyboxes here.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    We’ll see what happens in the summer of ’10. Will Bosh stay? Will Marion? Will marquee free agents consider Toronto?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Candians are sensitive.

  • Jess

    Were not sensitive…it just gets old…anyway, Bosh just came back from injury, he was out what, 16 days or so..give him a few games and he will be fine. The year we won the Atlantic Division (and SMitch COY) the Raps were pushing the ball – Bosh will be back on no time…I do agree though, Sam shouldnt have been fired.

  • Gats

    6’10″ 230 lbs and he can’t run? This isn’t Mark Eaton we’re talking about here! I seem to remember him excited about the prospect of an uptempo style a little while back – has he aged that much this season?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Russ, what does have to do with the price of cheese? The Raptors are not folding in 2010 even if Bosh leaves. Some marquee free agents would consider Toronto. Especially the Euros who arent as close-minded. And quite frankly, there’s like 4-5 spots that marquee free agents consider… for the rest of the teams its all about the money you can offer and the team you can put around that star. Free agents arent more reluctant to sign with T.O. than Milwaukee, Sacramento or OKC.

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/theoriginadro Witness

    i think the real question is : can the raptors keep up with themselves?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Shawn Marion must be happy….hahahahaha

  • CP34MVP

    @Witness: Not after firing Sam Mitchell. They’re getting dusted!

  • Jess

    26&6 tonight…Id say hes going to be just fine.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    He’ll be a perfect fit in Miami in 2010

  • Ray

    Jay Triano can’t coach NBA teams.

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