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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  47 responses

Raptors Don’t Think Fans Should Boo Chris Bosh

Bosh will make his first trip to Toronto as a member of the opposing team tomorrow night, and the boos will be loud and unrelenting. According to Raptors players, he doesn’t deserve the fans’ wrath. From the National Post: “Raptors fans will voice their opinion about Bosh during Wednesday’s game at the Air Canada Centre when the former face of the franchise plays in Toronto for the first time since signing with the Miami Heat in the off-season. The Raptors have struggled since Bosh departed compiling a 15-40 record. Last season Toronto finished 40-42. And while some Raptors players expect their former teammate, who played seven seasons in Toronto, to be booed, they do not think it will be deserved. ‘I wouldn’t boo him,’ said Reggie Evans, who will miss the game with his foot injury. ‘It’s just a basketball game and he just made a business decision. It wasn’t like a personal decision. It was just he wanted to play for the Miami Heat. It’s not a loyal business. Kareem-Abdul Jabbar played for two teams, [Michael Jordan] played for two teams, so there’s no loyalty in the business. This is a business.’ Some fans are going to be angry when a player decides to leave town regardless of the circumstances. But what irked a lot of Toronto supporters is how Bosh acted while heading out the door with a series of tone-deaf comments about the process and his time here. ‘The only thing I can say is … he was a great teammate, a great friend, he played really good for us and gave us a lot of wins,’ said Jose Calderon. ‘I wasn’t here when everything happened in the summer, so I don’t know what was going on. I think he did a lot of good things for this organization.’”

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  • CONEY ISLANDER

    FIRST -HE IS A NON-ISSUE!

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    ahahaha… nice try guys. this sissy is getting booed. i was in detroit trying my best to boo him, but i sure my toronto faithful will rip him to shreds

  • Gman

    Hopefully he is not booed. He played as well as he could for Tdot.

  • Gman

    lol @ Meloman… your probably right. Hell, with Toronto, he might be booed more than James… just cause.

  • MUBWAR

    I’ve been holding these tickets for quiet a long time. Mid Level with my number 6 jersey on. I know Toronto fans will boo but I’m driving 5h for a reason. Let’s go Heat and let’s kinda go raptors.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …lets be real right. Its because of franchises like the Raptors that we have all these talks of contraction and CBA….lets just be real tho- the Clippers, the Timberwolves, etc etc…I’m not saying every team in the league should be .500 and contending every year cause thats just not mathematically possible, I’m just saying the owners of a franchise that has developed a culture of just failure and waste need to really have their jobs evaluated. For the betterment of the league, the franchise, the city/market……Yall cats in Toronto can boo Chris Bosh if you want, yall really need to be booing the whiteheads them front offices…

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    any player who is trading teams and gonna play in their home town is going to get booed.. no big deal..

  • JC

    signing with other teams should not bee booed, but playing fake-tough should be !!

  • MUBWAR

    Actually they are Kamla. That failure(BC) that came over from Phoenix didn’t do squad for this team. He cares more about the suits he’ll wear to games than the actual team.

  • Flight

    He’s getting the Vince treatment. As bad as Toronto’s last couple years have been, they’re fan base has consistently been pretty good.

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    Toronto fans have identity issues. Your team consistently SUCKS, so the only thing you look forward to is booing the players who actually made you (almost) good for a few seconds. Toronto fans boo like it’s some type of accomplishment or proves something. You just come off like a jealous ex. Bosh didn’t cheat on you, he just broke up with you and moved on, so get over it!!! At least Toronto fans show up to games.
    Anyways, I’m from Ottawa so it’s not like I have no connection to the Raptors. Bosh should be thanked for the hard work he put in.

  • MUBWAR

    So Swift, does that mean your gonna do the 5 h drive to TDot?

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    p.s. @ Black Rick Kamla: I’m pretty sure the league wants to contract NON-PROFITABLE teams, not teams that lose games. You realize Toronto is one of the largest cities in North America right? The fact that they are one of the leagues most consistently profitable teams DESPITE losing all the time is the OPPOSITE of a reason to contract them. lol

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    I go see them once a year because I like to support a Canadian franchise. I see them when the Lakers come into town b/c LA is my team, though.

  • MUBWAR

    Dude they just lost to the cats last night. But seriously, I was there when the raps beat the Lakers on free trows and the ACC was just wild and electric that night.

  • Andrew

    That’s like booing a flower pot. Seriously, Bosh was such a non-factor.

  • Randy brown

    @Swiftboy – Toronto is in North America? And you’re not really supporting the franchise by going to watch them once a year, and you’re a fan of the other team

  • http://zogs zogs

    booed more than carter

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Randy he was referring to the continental North America. And @SWIFTboy, the David Stern has NEVER talked about contracting any TEAMS. That is the Association, that is his fraternity. He has talked about contracting SALARIES for PLAYERS. And please…I’m not buying for a second that the Raptors are anywhere near one of the most profitable franchises. Give me a link with some information because that just sounds ridiculous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Meh. If Ed Davis dunks on Bosh then all will be well. Davis is pretty much the 2nd coming of Bosh anyways. lol

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    Well my geography sucks but I’m pretty sure T.O. is in North America…right? Isn’t it 4th biggest behind NY, Chicago and LA? Population-wise that is.
    I feel that seeing them once a year supports them financially. If every citizen of Ontario between 18-35 went to see them once a year they’d sell out every game even if no one in Toronto went.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_K_O _K_O

    @TheBlackRickKamla “Its because of franchises like the Raptors that we have all these talks of contraction and CBA”.

    You’re kidding right? The Raps are still drawing crowds and making money, despite having no real marquee players and a scrappy, inconsistent team. As @SwiftBoy said, contraction is about shutting down NON-PROFITABLE teams, not losing ones.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are consistently one of the WORST teams in the NHL…yet also the most profitable every year; worth over a billion. The Raps are owned by the same group. Upper management needs to change, and likely will in the next year, but saying “yall really need to be booing the whiteheads them front offices…” makes you sound like an idiot.

  • Jdizzle

    @rick kamla Forbes just recently ranked the
    Raptors as the 10th most valuable team in thr NBA. Just google the article. This great considering they limited success on the court.

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    @ Rick: Yeah I was thinking attendance, not profitability. I think I overrated them in both categories though, so I stand corrected. Here’s the attendance numbers: http://espn.go.com/nba/attendance
    Here’s some financial info from a few years back: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/32/biz_07nba_Toronto-Raptors_321933.html
    You’re also right that it’s not the league talking contraction. Still, I stand by my opriginal point that there is no way the Raps are being considered for contraction by anyone!

  • SomeGuyFromToronto

    I think non-torontonians who have never been here mistakenly think that the fans suck because we’re enthusiastic for losing teams. We consistently support all of our teams across the board (Jays, Leafs, Raps, TFC) even when they’re last in the league. All our teams have been eating it for over a decade (in some cases many decades), but what do you want us to do? Canada doesn’t put the billions into sports the states do (but we do have health care!), and it seems to give the impression the fans are idiots. We support our teams with rabid enthusiasm, and certainly pack more games than many american markets i’ve seen. As for profitability @Kamla,

    http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/32/basketball-valuations-11_Toronto-Raptors_321933.html

    last year, 10th in the league. I’d say that’s pretty good, even despite the fact the Raptors represent our entire country. Anyway, I just get sick of the demoralizing combo of lack of coverage/incessant smack talk. I’m not gonna move to Miami or San Antonio because my team’s last.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    @Randy Brown – you aren’t the smartest former Bulls backup point guard, are you?
    Yes, Toronto is in North America.
    Just cause we from the US like to think the United States of America IS all of America, that’s actually not the case.
    Canada and Mexico are in North America too.
    I KNOW! SHOCKING, RIGHT?!!

  • Yesse

    They booed to Vince when he came back. Like things are gonna change.

  • MUBWAR

    Vince ask for trade and Bosh finished his contract.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @_K_O what are you talking about?? As I say again David Stern hasn’t talked about contraction of any teams, certaintly no members of the Association, If you’ve kept up you’d realize he’s talking about contracting player salaries. And when I say “you need to start booing the whiteheads in the front offices” I’m saying precisely what you’re saying when you say “upper management needs to change”….so who’s the idiot really huh?? Anyways, I did underestimate the profits of the Raptors organization. This probably has to do with the fact that Raptors have a national TV audience more than anything else. But just judging based the plight of the Vancouver Grizzlies, I didn’t think about it.

  • MUBWAR

    Team Value1

    $399 mil
    Toronto Raptors are owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, who bought them in 1998 for $125 mil.
    Player-costs-to-win ratio8 88
    Coach Jay Triano
    Metro area population 5,113,149
    Revenue per fan9 27
    Media Partners
    TV CBC / The Score / TSN / TSN2 / Raptors NBA TV
    Radio FAN 590
    National TV ratings rank10 NA
    Valuation Breakdown
    Sport $120 mil
    Market $122 mil
    Stadium $121 mil
    Brand Management $35 mil

  • MUBWAR

    Team Value1

    $399 mil
    Toronto Raptors are owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, who bought them in 1998 for $125 mil.
    Player-costs-to-win ratio8 88
    Coach Jay Triano
    Metro area population 5,113,149
    Revenue per fan9 27
    Media Partners
    TV CBC / The Score / TSN / TSN2 / Raptors NBA TV
    Radio FAN 590
    National TV ratings rank10 NA
    Valuation Breakdown
    Sport $120 mil
    Market $122 mil
    Stadium $121 mil
    Brand Management $35 mil

    For all you out there that think the raptors are not successful

  • Bravo

    Man Toronto till I die. Bosh is whatever but y’all haters can deep throat

  • Bravo

    Toronto is the best city in the world! Wait till summer I’ll b killin it

  • Gman

    @TheBlackRickKamla in regards to profit… please research before talking outta your ass.

    Tdot has been one of the high profitable teams since Vince pretty much.

    It is ranked 11th on Forbes as well.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    please don’t think I’m dissing Toronto in any way. I have aunts and cousins in Toronto, and am very aware it is one of the greatest cities in North America. All I was trying to say was that the Raps fans can boo T-Mac, Vince, and Chris Bosh everytime they go up there if they want, but more of the blame needs to be beholden to they guys who make it impossible for any superstar with winning ambitions to want to stay

  • Gman

    10*th

  • Gman

    lol they were 11th last year, they increased after Bosh left LMAO

  • http://jooo Max

    In Toronto he actually rebounded :s

  • Charles

    One word: RUPAUL

  • burnt_chicken

    why boo him? He still looks like a raptor. It’s like having your mascot dress up in the other team’s uniform then pretend to act tough. Makes me laugh every time!

  • burnt_chicken

    for real though, Bosh was a classy ambassador for the Raptors while he was in uniform. He did not Wince his way out, and was quite accommodating to local media, national media, and Raptors fans. He tried hard to be a leader and a top-tier player. I would hope he is remembered for his accomplishments, and not for some bonehead soundbites he made after signing elsewhere.

  • burnt_chicken

    If I want to take a job somewhere else that looks more appealing, nobody’s going to boo me. I should probably offer the same amount of respect for his decision to do likewise.

  • burnt_chicken

    If I want to take a job somewhere else that looks more appealing, nobody is going to boo me. I equally respect Bosh’s ability to do likewise.

  • burnt_chicken

    oops sorry. done.

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost

    Toronto fans not going to boo him for taking a job somewhere else, they’re going to boo him for how he left (admittedly a lot better than Carter) but nonetheless…when you’re prancing around like a little school girl having cameras follow you around in order to make a documentary about your semi-noteworthy free agency that no one will watch (see First Ink), when you’re comparing your time in Toronto as being a “wolf locked in a cage”, when you say that you couldn’t get league pass in Toronto because you didn’t have the “good cable” despite the fact that you’re pretty much the face of Toronto (now that the Leafs are a laughingstock) and you couldn’t pull some strings? That’s why Toronto fans are going to boo you. Do I believe he should be booed? No, but when your team is 15-40 you have more of an incentive.

  • MikeC.

    The only thing I take issue with is Calderon saying Bosh gave them a lot of wins while he was there. The only thing Bosh gave them a lot of was trips to the lottery. Bosh was able to lift the team to the heights of mediocrity which kept them drafting in the middle to the end of the lottery which is a major crapshoot for talent. The Raps blew it with the Bargnani pick, but overall, that draft class kinda sucked. The Raps just love giving superstar money to stars (Bosh) star money to role players (Bargnani, Calderon) and role player money to scrubs. They end up over paying and being stuck with bad contracts. They need a game changer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_K_O K.O.

    @TheBlackRickKamla I wasn’t disputing your argument, just the way you pronounced it. “y’all need to boo them whiteheads in the front office” makes you sound ignorant, plain and simple. Anything I’ve read about Stern and contraction has had to do with contracting teams, not salaries; where salaries are concerned I’ve read only of “salary cuts”, did not realize contraction could refer to salary deductions as you meant – my mistake.

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