Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 2:48 pm  |  34 responses

Face of the Franchise

Can Chris Bosh handle it?

Photo by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 104

Chris Bosh doesn’t mess around. While he was initially overshadowed by the hype and success surrounding his Draft Class of ’03 brethren—LeBron, Carmelo, and DWade—CB4 has since come into his own. In the process, he’s become the Raps all-time leader in rebounds, blocks, double doubles, as well as free throw attempts and makes. Odds are he won’t be adding to the records above the border for much longer, but he’ll continue making his claim as one of the games best bigs no matter where he’s at.—Adam Fleischer

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    If Bosh doesn’t stay in Toronto then BC better find a replacement quick.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    First .. so I just watched Melo and MJ shoot with two kids at a school. And I was wondering … why do they shake hands after MJ and the kid beat Mel and his kid? I mean, Lebron doesn’t and doesn’t understand why. Anyone care to explain why they shook hands?

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Never liked the concept of “face of the franchise’ bc there are so many negative unintended consequences. Team v. individual, what happens when “face” leaves, etc….CB4 is a good dude.

  • http://slamonline.com 360vue

    best fullcourt shooter… ever?! could still easily finish with career 20/10+. and props to his philanthropy

  • Dave

    It funny how writers love to speculate about Bosh leaving t.dot. Keep it up, it only fuels the Toronto fans that don’t really care what any of you have to say anymore. If anything, the team last year failed to live up to its fans (the house was packed every night even when the team was at times disappointing). Toronto fans learned about basketball watching vince carter and they are intense. And the reason we still boooooo Carter is because we aren’t “Quitters!”.

    I hope they get it together this season. We’re going to be asking you our *** taste.

  • Saransh B

    “Odds are he won’t be adding to the records above the border for much longer”

    Ummmmm… I would think the opposite, with the economy sliding the salary cap backwards (making it MUCH more difficult for teams to afford 2 max players) in conjunction with the overhaul of the Raptors’ roster going into the 2009-2010 season – I’d say “Odds are” CB4 stays north of the border. Sorry New York, Miami and Cleveland fans.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Bosh is a good guy. I like him.

  • Ken

    I love it when people write “Firstieeez!!!!” and aren’t first.
    Oh, and Bosh deserves respect just for the used car salesman video. That’s still fun to watch.

  • http://vittoriodezen.wordpress.com Vittorio De Zen

    Odds are there are going to be a lot of angry Raptors fans in this comment section.

    I’m not angry, whatever. Maybe he stays, maybe he doesn’t. I’m gonna enjoy watching him play while he’s here though. The guy works really hard and just produces every night. Maybe he’s a 2nd-tier star rather than a guy that can carry a team, but he’s still 25 years old and improving.

  • http://blambot.com Spaceship Jay

    Rupal of big men.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com 24 Karat Gold

    The predator will strike!!

  • http://www.marketsaw.com Jim Dorey

    I know you are seeking newsworthy items, but focus on the abilities of Bosh, not him leaving T.O. because I got news for you – he isn’t. He can get more money with the Raptors and with BC adding the big Turk they will make serious waves in the east.

    Seriously, they aren’t missing many pieces. If DeDe has a great rookie season – LOOK. OUT.

  • Exile

    Bosh will remain a Raptor unless the good expectation vibe this summer gets crushed by another missed playoff year.


    Bosh is staying. He told me himself. Lol

  • iLL wiLL

    Damn, the Raps better do some damage this year, or else CB4 is gonna bounce.

    Somehow, I feel that the Hudo signing isn’t gonna work out too well…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    On the real, Bosh isn’t that much worse than Melo as a player. There, I said it.

  • C-Mac

    does the man have a gaunt as face or is that just me? on the real, he deserves to be up there with the ’03 guys. keep doing your thing big man.

  • khandor

    chris botch aka rupaul.

  • karan

    i honestly thing bosh is a better player than melo. there, i said it…

  • COLT6

    Bosh > Melo? Close but Melo is still slightly better. Melo is the best amateur player in the world who can play the 2-3-4 positions excellently. Chris Bosh playing 3 is out of the question. Melo is an NCAA Champion who hits big buckets in the clutch. Melo lacks leadership still but one of these days, he will take a team to a championship with or without Chauncey on a
    Nuggets jersey or another.

  • tavoris

    Colt…melo is NOBODY’s Amatuer. In case you haven’t noticed, the NBA is a professional league.

  • chingy

    Melo is definitely more clutch than CB; CB can get frustrating to watch when he keeps jacking 20 footers when he can blow by every single big guarding him (except KG)

  • chingy

    if the raps make the playoffs (which I think they will), CB is staying

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    CB would make a far better second option (ala Pau Gasol). He has good numbers but I question his leadership and crunch time decision making. Him paired with a premier perimeter player would be absolutely lethal and would be great for his career.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Come to Cleveland

  • http://slamonline.com 360vue

    errr… wayno… they’ve got turkoglu, whos clutch and can rain 3s, that should definitely improve bosh’s ability to impact games if the courts spread further… if bargani develops his promise into stats, calderon keeps dishin, and their rook does alright i think theyll make playoffs comfortably

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Agreed 360, Hedo will help Bosh’s game, but I guess I’m not sold on Bosh being “the guy” on a team. I’m not so into the Hedo trade either, I don’t know how much it’s actually going to help them.

  • BigShotBob

    If the Raps make the playoffs and make a decent run, Bosh will stay. Money isn’t the only thing, but it’s the *main* thing, as long as the team is half-decent. See also: LeBron.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Melo is a good player, but Bosh is way better at the post-up game (when he actually posts up). Come on now, Melo is a legit 3 who can sometimes slide up or down one. Melo probably is better than Bosh, but now by much.

  • COLT6

    Tavoris: Get your head right. The Olympics and the Worlds are all sanctioned by FIBA hence amateur BBall rules apply. The NCAA also runs modified amateur gameplay. Need I remind you that Melo won the National Championship for Syracuse? Everyone knows that the NBA is a professional league. You are clearly missing the superlative proposition that Melo is better than Kobe, LeCrybaby and the rest of the world when amateur rules apply. Yes, I will say it again: Melo is the best amateur player in the world. Do your research before you argue any further.

  • ZenMasterJR.

    i think CB4 can handle it. he’s a good player and he’ll be one of the best big man of the game..

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  • http://hotmail ld5

    he has avg 22 ppg since his 3rd year it would be nice if he actually changed it to 26ppg and be the best pf in the league