On Chris Bosh damage control; meet and greet with Joel Anthony/Andy Rautins

- July 30th, 2010

Chris Bosh went on Sportsnet Thursday to attempt to clear the air after Bryan Colangelo’s now infamous FAN 590 interview earlier this week which spun pretty far out of control after I broke it down in what I thought was a reasonable way. It was subsequently picked up and spun a bit by ESPN and other American sources.

Bosh seemed pretty sincere in his comments, though I find it extremely hard to believe him when he says his decision to stay or go came down to the last minute. All signs point to that being a fib.

He said he always played hard and gave his all and I believe that to be true as well. I agree with what Colangelo was intoning though, that Bosh didn’t rush himself back from injury because he was not as committed to the franchise as he had been in the past.

Bosh also said thank you to Larry Tanenbaum and said he will continue to give to Toronto charities.

Some other things Bosh said:

On the comments about Toronto being different, smelling different, etc.:

“It is a different country. Not to say Toronto isn’t a great metropolitan city it’s a fantastic city. I enjoyed Toronto every minute I was there. I know it was different. You see kilometres (instead of miles), it is different. Different isn’t bad. I’m different.”

Said it’s not tough to live in Toronto, lots of other cities are cold, but some guys the Raptors wanted to sign chose to go elsewhere.

Says he wanted to be on ESPN and TNT more so his family could see him. Doesn’t think Raptors get the respect they deserve by U.S. television.

“Everyone in Canada flocks to the game, which is great. (But) you want to be seen in the States as well because most players in the NBA are from the United States.”

On if he packed it in:

“I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court.”

We (Bosh family) have a lot of pride in what we do. Never didn’t give my all on the court. Why would I give up and not want to go to the playoffs?
I turned my ankle against Memphis. I actually stayed in the game. Didn’t score a bucket in overtime because I couldn’t move. At any time did I ever give up I take that very seriously. I take this job seriously and I take my effort on the court seriously.”

Had a chance to talk to Canadian senior men’s team starters Joel Anthony and Andy Rautins Thursday night.

Here’s what they had to say:

Joel Anthony:

On Canada’s chances at the FIBA world championship in Turkey:

“We’re definitely looking to compete really. We really believe in what we’re able to do. The core has been around a long time. We’re really looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong. A lot of people don’t see us as a big threat this tournament and that’s fine. We’re looking to come in under the radar and do really well.”
Continuity: It’s been great to be around the guys for that long and to develop that team chemistry.
A lot of guys have experience in hostile situations. Nobody’s afraid in any way or rattled. Have to just stick together. Will try to go out there and use our athleticism to get up and down the court and create opportunities. Defensively, we’ve been able to get stops on the defensive ends so that’s something that’s definitely going ot be important.
On the Heat landing LeBron and Bosh: “I was really surprised that they were able to get all three of those guys on the same team.
In the end I’m happy everything worked out, it worked out really well. To come back to the team, looking to have a really good year I’m just happy to be a part of it.
You understand you’re going to have a bullseye on you, a lot of teams are definitely going to look to come at us, that’s fine, as a team, wee’re definitely going to be prepared for it and looking forward to it.
Don’t know Chris. Just from playing against him. Haven’t had a chance to actually meet him yet but definitley looking forward to meet him and play with him as a teammate.
There was some interest (from the Raptors), but Miami was has been a great fit for me with their system and with their organization. Don’t know what it would have been like if I had gone to Toronto or gone somewhere else, but knew coming back would be a good situation so was trying to make sure that I stayed.
Obviously once Chris and LeBron signed, it made that decision that much easier. Why wouldn’t I want to come back to a situation like that?

Andy Rautins:
Summer league went well, I  think I competed defensively. Didn’t have the kind of impact I would have liked in terms of scoring. But was a good transition for me. To compete in an NBA game. Played pretty decent and felt like the competition wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. Real confident, definitely think I benefited from it.
On DeMar DeRozan landing on his ankle” Initially it hurt real bad, one of those sprains, that after is OK.
Feedback: Staying patient. I think that I’ll have the opportunity to get in there and get some minutes (with the Knicks) and do what I do, which is shoot the ball and shoot it well and make plays. It’s a great system to be in and I don’t think I’d be happier anywhere else. (Mike D’Antoni) he’s a great guy, one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met. Playing for him is a real pleasure and I can’t wait.

On younger Canadian’s getting bronze medals this summer: We’re trying to make a name for ourselves too. I remember back in the day we got a bronze medal too. We’ve been together for about four summers now I think the cohesiveness and all the time we’ve had together really benefits us. Argentines have been together since they were 10 years old.”

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2 comments

  1. Carlos Wadley says:

    Canada Basketball furture looks great. Check out Justin Jackson the best 13yr. old in north america.
    his OBA team is YAAACE(Youth Association for Academics Athletics Character Education.

  2. ryan.wolstat says:

    Will definitely check him out Carlos. Thanks for the heads-up.

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