Chris Bosh Quit On Raptors At End Of Season

Toronto Raptors Chris Bosh (R) and Jose Calderon sit on the bench as their team plays the New York Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Did the "injured" Chris Bosh sit out SIX more games after he was cleared to play? At least he looked engaged, cheering his team on from the bench. Oh wait... (Source: Yardbarker.com)

Some pretty damning comments from Raptors’ GM Bryan Colangelo about how Chris Bosh was healthy enough to play for the team during the final push for a playoff spot, but he bailed on them.  ESPN reports:

“Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games,” Colangelo said on 590 The Fan on Monday.

“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.”

Considering the Raptors missed out on the playoffs by one game, that’s gotta be some disheartening news for Toronto fans.  Was he genuinely just nervous that he wasn’t healthy or did he let other issues effect his decision?  He had to know that if the Raps missed out on the playoffs that it would then be incredibly easy for him to depart without seeming like a bad guy (although his Twitter antics did annoy some fans, particularly Toronto-ians).  While many pundits were disappointed in LeBron for leaving a team that’d lead the league in wins for two seasons to choose the “easy” path of teaming up with All-Stars, no one’s really said anything like that about Bosh.  It was clear that he could never be the focal point of a championship contender (which missing out on the playoffs only confirmed) so he definitely needed some help.

Another possibility is that since he probably felt pretty strongly he’d leave town, he didn’t want to follow in Grant Hill’s ill-fated footsteps.  Remember that an injured Hill pushed through his injuries to compete in the playoffs with his then-team, the Detroit Pistons, only to arrive at his new team, the Orlando Magic, injury-riddled and never the same player again.  From a logical point of view, it’s a somewhat understandable choice, but from a competitive player’s pov it’s unfathomable.  Usually injured players are always eager to get back on the court and help their team before they’re even ready, while it’s the team that has to hold them back.  Only after you’ve had tons of injuries (like say a Tracy McGrady) does an athlete tend to get a bit gun shy.

It’s also kinda a funny parallel since LeBron also seemed to quit on his former team too.  Sure, LBJ had the courtesy to wait until the playoffs, but the end result was the same: both teams far underperformed what was expected of them, making an exit “easier.”  As if Miami’s new Super Friends team didn’t have enough hate aimed towards them, this should just bring it up another notch.

Topics: Bryan Colangelo, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, Grant Hill, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors

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