Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo on Chris Bosh: “It Didn’t Work With Him As Centerpiece”
No one likes to be dump.
Still bothers me to this day my 1st love dump me for a LaCrosse player at The Ohio State University named George (I have an internal grudge against men named George now).
There are a few ways to react to getting dump.
There is the extreme way (also known as the Dan Gilbert) or you let it settle for a little while and try to subtly deliver “professional ether” to your ex.
That was the route that Raptors GM Bryant Colangelo took in describing the last few months with Chris Bosh on the roster here are the quotes:
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“We tried in vain to put pieces around Chris. Different pieces, different styles. It didn’t work out.”
“No matter what type of player we brought in, it didn’t seem to have the right mix with him as that centrepiece.”
Lets break these quotes down in laymen terms and see which ones are valid or not.
1- Bosh milked injuries.
If that is true, that is definitely a bad look on Bosh’s part, but it very hard to prove. If you were an impending free agent and your body wasn’t feeling right I would advise not coming back until you felt 100%. No one really knows except Bosh if he was faking or not.
2- Bosh mentally checked out.
I think everyone knew he was leaving no matter what he said. It is sort of like the last semster of college before graduation really hard to focus on those last classes because you see the end in sight.
3- Bosh took the easy way out.
Stay struggling in Toronto or get paid 100 plus million as a 3rd wheel in South Beach. Yeah it was easy way out, but a decision probably 99 out 100 players make.
4- Bosh wasn’t a franchise player.
That is more Colangelo’s fault than Bosh’s problem. It is the GM’s job to determine player value if Bosh wasn’t a franchise player the Raptors shouldn’t have put the franchise in his hands.
In conclusion while Colangelo wasn’t as crazy in his assessment as Dan Gilbert was he is still crying over spilled milk.
Bosh is gone and not coming, so it would be much better for the Raptors franchise to start looking forward as oppose to reminiscence over their ex.