Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  38 responses

Bryan Colangelo Implies Chris Bosh Quit on Raptors

Now that he’s gone, the Raptors’ front-office can be a little more forthcoming about their former franchise player it seems. Reports the Toronto Sun: “The teardown of the Raptor roster has been going on all summer, and now, the teardown of former franchise face Chris Bosh has commenced as well. It’s predictable seeing how vilification was the fate of former Raptors stars Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter after leaving town, and, as was the case with those, it isn’t entirely unwarranted. Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo chose his words carefully during a Monday interview with the FAN 590’s Bob McCown, but clearly is not pleased with the way things turned out with Bosh. Colangelo intoned that Bosh took a long time to return from injury even though he had been medically cleared and that he started thinking ahead to his future to the detriment of the Raptors. ‘Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games … I’m not even questioning Chris’ injury. I’m telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn’t there and he chose not to play,’ Colangelo said. ‘The fact that our season was spiralling downward and we were hoping he’d come back sooner and we were also dealing with a few other things at that point … we were really struggling there.’ Colangelo went on to elaborate: ‘Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn’t quite into it down the stretch, he wasn’t the same guy. I think everybody saw that, but no one wanted to acknowledge it.”’

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  • drob50

    Bitter words, but unlike Mr. Gilbert, Colangelo used his words very carefully.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Is that going to be the norm now? I guy quit when he leaves a team in free agency? How about “Canada is about as appealing as a hot load of dog shit”? No good? How about “The Raptors are about 10 years away from being competitive and that’s just a long-a*s time to rot away in a hell hole”. Yes?

  • AJ

    Quitter. Hes gonna be lebron’s ass wiper in MIA

  • ConeyIslander

    I can live with that.

  • floe

    man if it was upto those bozos they woulda paid bosh the max and crippled the team to mediocrity for years to come. im glad he skipped town. go get your ring bosh, yer an ideal candidate for a third banana in a championship team!

  • Jess

    hmmmm imagine that. another franchise player quit on us…..I honestly didn’t expect any of what I have seen from Bosh recently. This sucks. Im just looking forward to our Young Gunzs this season…..lol

  • Jess

    *Young Gunz lol

  • The Philosopher

    Guys aren’t made like they used to be made.
    That goes for The King, too.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Colangelo lost Bosh so his solution was to sign Amir Johnson to a $34 million deal. Bryan needs to emulate his dad’s model becuase he is turning the Raports into a Canadian punch line. Sure those Young Gunz will be fun to watch…if you don’t mind the Raps getting blown out at the same time.

  • clockwork

    Doesn’t every superstar quit on the Raptors?

  • Conduit

    so I guess he will not be playing for team USA anymore huh..lol

  • riggs

    yes because the raptors formed a team around bosh so he wouldnt have to leave right?…..right?

  • Morgan

    Just lost some respect for the Raptors after reading that. This guy paid big money to some very questionable players and he is trying to put some of the blame on CB for sitting out a few extra games after an injury…please. I can’t see how anyone will want to be a Franchise player in Toronto when they get crucified for not ending their careers there.

  • T-Money

    I don’t really disagree with what he said, Bosh did take his sweet -ss time to come back from that injury. BUT considering the horrible moves he’s made in the last few years (i.e, JO, Turk, Ford, Calderon’s ridiculous contract, Bidding vs himself for Amir freaking Johnson, assembling the softest team in the NBA), maybe he should just lay low for a while.

  • Migs

    Even though I think the writing was on the wall with regards to Bosh’s demeanor after the ASG, Colangelo needs to stop with the blame game and look in the mirror. I’m hoping that Bargnani picks it up this year, or else BC squandered the first overall pick on a guy who probably should’ve been a late lotto selection, and who also happens to play the same position as his then-franchise player (among many other dubious moves).

  • Sam

    Not another Dan Gilbert. See, if the Raptors had made it in the first round, but lost to the Cavs or the Magic, then we might say that Bosh could’ve given up. But it’s the season, and nobody gives up on the season when you wanna make it in the playoffs. guys play to win, not for the money or the chicks. Bosh would not have given up on toronto during the season.

  • http://Kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    Why can’t these owners realize it a business BOTH ways now. Players are about are making moves and decisions, and if a franchise is not on their game, players are gonna make moves accordingly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Meh. Can we let DeRozan play more than 20 mins yet?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Like the team is going to protect you if you get re-injured, or reward you if you play through pain. Ok, go ahead and believe that.

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    With the team the Raptors have put together they should play in the Euro League

  • rich

    bosh quit? i go to more raptors game than BC and this really doesnt show. that shot from jamison was bad. i think he decided he didnt want to take another and wear amares glasses the rest of his career. idk what hes cryin about this is a different situation than clevland because the seats in the ACC will be full even if they have jackie moon in the starting lineup

  • vtrobot

    seems like a bit of both. bosh probably did quit a little bit because the Raps weren’t putting a solid enough team around him. he’s more motivated to play with the MIA All-Star team than he was to play with those Raps teams during the past several years. WHAT?!?! Now I just can’t believe that! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Bosh is like the Lamar of the East, but about 20% better and a bit more consistent.

  • SWIFTboy

    Maybe it would have been nice if Bosh toughed through the injury and the Raptors made the playoffs. I don’t blame a young player for prioritizing his health in a contract year though. Where did Grant Hill toughing out his injury during the playoffs way back when get him? Chris Bosh gave TO some very good years, including a division title, and that’s what I’ll remember him for.

  • WangChung

    I dunno. It’s not like uber-nursing an injury is any worse than going to a nightclub when you have the flu.

  • unrel

    i know where colangelo is coming from.. because bosh cost me the title in my fantasy league..

  • http://www.slamonline.com doyouwantmore

    Toronto is not as bad as most of these morons make it out to be. Unless it’s tropical and the local NBA team wins a trophy every second year, people say “Oh that’s a terrible place to play.” It’s not. BC did a decent job. Bosh would have left no matter what, unless BC had gotten him a Wade or a Lebron.

  • Boogie

    No, Colangelo did not do a good job. That team was wack. Your other “star” player Turkoglu had the worst year he’s ever had and the fact that he’s a star shows how bad the rest of the squad is. When u know the playoffs arent coming your way unless you give 110% playing through an injury…. then u best sit it out. Yh he COULDV played but with pain, and during that time u are more likely to reinjure obviously than when u play with no pain. Stop raggin on bosh for protectin his future. He gave what he could, stopped when he should.

    What the f*ck wud he get if he did play and got injured? s pat on the back frm colangelo and a couple more years in hell with the only team willing to sign him + 11bums

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    I’m not sure if i like the new Eboy…

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    what new eboy?? he always been a di@khead.

  • MikeC.

    Bosh didn’t quit. He’s just never been that good.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, I think some of y’all might not have watched Bosh last year. Forget the stats, I mean did you watch dude play?

  • total scrotal implosion

    Bosh looks like dukie from the wire

  • J

    Can’t blame Colangelo for everything. The players are the ones who actually do the playing. Who knew Turkoglu was gonna be a douche and play terribly. He WAS one of the most clutch players a few years back, and that’s what TO needed so Colangelo picked him up. Didn’t seem like a bad move at the time.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    @allenp: I watched him get dunked on the balls by Pierce last year. Does that count? :p

  • cool j

    Eboy how about this… Lebron left Clevland does mean that city is Dog shit? Any way you look at it Toronto is a better city to live in to raise your kids, to work in ,to party in than Clevland,Portland,Milwauke,Oklahoma,Denver,Minnesota
    New Jersey.
    Vince Carter and TMAC left did they win a championship? no
    I am glad Bosh is gone ,The Raps didn’t win anything with him.He is just a glorified sidekick who didn’t deserve max money.

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  • Ye MON

    This is a shame… Im not even going to bother watching the raptors play this season since im going to move to Miami :D . Raptors are history. Even ” IF ” they get together a decent team … they still dont stand a chance against Miami… No one can mess with Miami now… Not even the Lakers or Boston. So good luck BC… You will need it for ever. LOL @ Bc… I still dont get this guy and his lame decisions/picks AKA Amir Johnson, Ford, Nesterovic, and most importantly Hdeo Turkhulu or however you spell that. SADNESS I TELL YOU. Oh well I could care less Now Im outa here.