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Raptors GM Colangelo insinuates Bosh mentally checked out at end of last season

Jul 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for cbosh_dunk.jpgDiscrediting and ripping the big star that left town is a tradition in Toronto that goes back to the time of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady. But old traditions are sometimes the most comforting, the thing that is needed.

Take for example Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo insinuating Chris Bosh was already mentally checking out condos and clubs in South Beach while the Toronto Raptors faded down the stretch last season. That’s what he told the FAN 590 (as reported by the Toronto Sun).

“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.”

“At the same time, I never felt we were quite in the game (in terms of signing Bosh to a new contract). There was too much out there, too much built up for him to take an easy out here, and he decided to do that.”

Before free agency started, Bosh was the one player everybody thought was gone. He was a star barely known by the casual fan, someone who seemed to feel hidden up in Toronto. Which frustrates a passionate fan base there, but Bosh saw his contemporaries deep in the playoffs and deep in endorsement deals, and he wanted those things.

However saying he wanted out and saying he mentally checked out before the season ended are two different things. Colangelo thinks Bosh may have been looking out for No. 1 at the end.

“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 spiraling 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.”

  1. NBA GMs - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Apparently making slanderous statements is the popular thing to do for Owners and GM’s who lose top players. Can’t blame them I guess, sour grapes and all. But its pretty low. Saying guys gave up on the team is pretty much the strongest accusation you can make against professional athletes.
    In Bosh’s case, he put together an epic season averaging nearly 25 and 11, and had the Raptors rocketing into the playoffs. Then he gets injured and what happens? The rest of the team proceeds to lose nearly every game without him. They only had to win a few to get them in, but couldn’t even put together a worthy effort in their final game against the Bulls to maintain the 8th and final playoff spot.
    Its pretty clear that both Toronto and Cleveland put together absolute junk around Bosh and LBJ. So Bosh and LBJ did the logical thing and left after giving 7 solid years of max effort. And what happens? Their GMs and owners talk crazy smack about them after they leave saying the worst things possible you can say about individual pro athletes. But are the athletes pointing out that in 7 years, these GMs and owners failed to get any semblance of a decent team around them, completely and utterly failing at their job? No they aren’t. So who seems like they actually have class and integrity here? Here’s a hint. Its not Gilbert and Colangelo.

  2. Shaq was right - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    RuPaul of the NBA. The guy is soft and I’m curious to see how passionate he is for basketball now that he has his money and his lifestyle.

  3. Mike - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    In the last full games that Bosh played last year here are his numbers:
    42 and 13
    28 and 12
    34 and 11
    22 and 11
    In each game he shot way over 50% from the field.
    Players already don’t want to play north of the border and hearing the Raptors GM rip their star player on the way out will not help things.

  4. Kyle - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    These owners and GMs are bittttter. I understand that losing your franchise player has to hurt, but you’d expect a bit more professionalism. It would be nice if one of these jilted GMs could say “you know what he gave us 7 good years and now we’re moving forward” instead of slandering their former players

  5. @ NBA GMS - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    @ NBA GMS, Lebron and Bosh padded stats in the regular season, then proceeded to disappear in the playoffs. It’s not a coincidence, you just need to take off the Miami Heat goggles you just found buried in your house to stop blinding yourself from the obvious. They never intended on staying in Cleveland or Toronto and their effort (or lack of effort) on the court showed it.
    Cleveland was hyped to have possibly the most talented team after trading for Jamison, then magically after the Cavs lost, suddenly the Cavs never had any talent at all around Lebron despite being the team with the best record in the NBA. If the MVP/leader stops trying, it only brings down the rest of the team. You do know what MVP stands for right?
    I know the biased Miami media is controlling your mind to white wash the player’s actions, but please use some common sense.

  6. Tony - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    We’ll see how good that talent is in Cleveland and Toronto with those guys gone. Pretty sure the facts will lean more towards “these teams suck balls” rather than “they had quality players around them”.
    James put up roughly the same stats in the playoffs last year as he did in the regular season and 2 years ago, he blew his regular season stats away in the playoffs. Jamison disappeared in the playoffs again (and really is a bench player on a quality team like he was with the Mavs), Shaq and Williams were completely exposed as defensive liabilities and they’ve never had a starting quality 2 guard.

  7. Sal - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I’m looking forward to the day when LeBron, Bosh and Wade, no longer are the same players they once were. We’ll see if NY,Bulls, and all those other teams that were used as pawns, have the last laugh. The 3 Shegos, think that’s is going to be easy to win NBA Championships. They think that just because they won Gold in the Olympics, things are going to be easy. It’s going to be a rude awakening when they realize that they’re not playing against European soft competition. I do believe they will make the playoffs as a 5th seed. I’m not a Celtics, Magic, or Bulls fan, but I do hope that come playoff time, they knock the crap out the 3 Shegos. The good think about this, is that Kobe has been energized to win at least 3 more titles before he rides into the Sunset.

  8. LarryS - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Bosh had an obligation to give it his all until the end of the season. If he did in fact mail it in, instead of helping the Raps get into the playoffs at a very crucial time, it says something about his character. Bosh was never a leader on the Raps. Jordan would never have allowed his teammates to play soft on defence. Bosh wasn’t the guy as it turned
    out …. time for Plan B. What we really need is a coach who get his team to play tough D and rise to their abilities. Triano is a nice guy but not an NBA coach!

  9. NBA GMs - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Jamison is a perfect example of the Cavs front office blowing it. They had a choice between Amare and Jamison and they went with Jamsion. A 34-year old bench player on a quality team. Good scorer and rebounder who plays 0 defense. Over Amare Stoudemire. That’s the kind of move that makes your star player want to leave. But LeBron never once complained about it. He has never gone to the media and pointed out how the Cleveland front office bumbled along the entire 7 years he was there, making terrible acquisitions like Shaq and Jamsion and wasting money on countless others like Gibson and Moon.
    And the Raptors? In 7 years they put together a who’s who roster of international players. Plus Bosh. Awesome. How could he not want to stay? But he has never pointed that out to the media either.
    Neither LBJ nor Bosh has gone to the media and voiced complaints or accusations directed at their former organizations even while their former owners and GMs are out there saying the worst things that can be said about professional athletes.

  10. Sguy2130 - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    @ NBA GMS
    Clueless again. The Suns broke down the Amare deal, not the Cavs. Cavs had a deadline and couldn’t wait any longer for the Suns. The Suns owner didn’t want to trade Amare, which he probably regrets now, since they got nothing in return for his departure.
    Lebron wanted Shaq, Mo, Jamison. You have no idea what you are talking about. Lebron signed off on all these guys. Please do more research then what the Miami media tells you.

  11. LJ - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    If you’re a Miami Heat fan, I get it. Your team is stacked now. But to say Cleveland’s GM didn’t give Lebron a team to win is BS. The team won 66 games in the regular season. And I distinctly recall James being the problem in Games 5 and 6. Lebron approved these apparently awful acquisitions (although not sure about Shaq) and if you look at the team – it’s designed around James’ skills (i.e. acquiring a point guard who doesn’t dictate play but can knock down open jumpers)
    I think the overall problem these GMs/owners are having is that they realized they got played. I think they now realize this arrangement between Wade, James and Bosh was made a few years ago and feel duped into either building a team around or not trading someone who had no intention of staying. There are reports of both Bosh and James not communicating with the Raptors or Cavs during the free agency process. That’s gotta be frustrating for the GM or owner that’s paid you for seven years. And if this is true (i.e. Bosh was cleared to play and chose not to, while the Raps were clinging on to a playoff spot) then he should be called out on it. I remember an era in sports where guys who wanted to be paid like stars who didn’t perform or act like stars were called out by their own teams. Now, it’s called sour grapes?
    As someone from Toronto, and therefore someone who watches Raptor games, it was clear that the Chris Bosh post all star game was not the same Chris Bosh (unfortunately after the trade deadline). If he wanted out, I think most Raptor fans get why – he had a chance to go to many better teams. But the not showing up to play (literally and figuratively) over the last few games is ridiculous
    Posted by NBA GM
    “In Bosh’s case, he put together an epic season averaging nearly 25 and 11, and had the Raptors rocketing into the playoffs. Then he gets injured and what happens? The rest of the team proceeds to lose nearly every game without him. They only had to win a few to get them in…”
    For the record, NBAGM, raps record after all star break:
    with Bosh: 6-11
    without Bosh: 5-8
    And just so that there’s no confusion. After all star break, they lose one game (with Bosh), then go 3-4 without Bosh, Bosh comes back and the team goes 6-10, he’s injured again and the team finishes up the season with a 2-4 record (with losses against Cleveland, Boston and Atlanta in that stretch). Your argument here is completely false.

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