Bryan Colangelo Implies Chris Bosh Quit on Raptors

by July 27, 2010

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.”’