Toronto Raptor fans: What would you do if you were Chris Bosh?
Right now, Toronto is 13-17. The Raptors are barely holding on to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Tonight they play against a Detroit Piston squad that is slightly better than Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls. That’s right, Raptors fans. Your team is 13-17 with Jose Calderon, Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu, and Andrea Bargnani. With talent like that, the Raps should be above .500; well above that mark to be exact. What’s wrong? Why are they here? They’re below mediocre. This cannot be the coach’s fault. The talent is all there. Could it be that this cast is just a bad mix?
The one thing that sticks out like a red thumb is the lack of a true definitive superstar. YES, CHRIS BOSH IS NOT A SUPERSTAR. Deal with it. Anyway, there is none on this roster. Calderon is great as a fantasy statistics point guard. He doesn’t turn over the ball much, but doesn’t create much impact in reality. He plays too safe and doesn’t take many risks. Chris Bosh is also a great fantasy stat power forward, but the guy is not a dominant superstar like Tim Duncan or Charles Barkley. The Turk is a good addition on paper although that’s not making a world of a difference in the win-loss column. The Toronto Raptors is a very talented team. It’s just they can’t accomplish much unless they turn things around DRASTICALLY.
No big time free agent will want to sign aboard by looking at the roster then looking at the record. Stop blaming management for not landing a big time shooting guard like Vince Carter. Demar DeRozan might become something. Teams can win without one. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen won plenty without a quality center. The reality is every team lacks something.
Personally, if I was him, I’d seriously lean towards leaving. Six seasons with the ball club and we haven’t gotten anywhere. That does inspire anything. Please consider a sign and trade since there are not many teams right now that would trade for a half a season rental. Sign then trade Bosh. Get back some young talent and some draft picks. That’s the best they can do.
Examining the situation, what would you do if you were Chris Bosh’s shoes?