NBA Play off series
Many of the detractors have accused Chris Bosh of not being good enough to lead his team deep into play off, thus he was over rated. The NBA is rift with `big Men’, who have had limited talent around him and with a poorly constructed team that has never lead them deep into the play offs. Yet, the narrative is different becauset you know, they are not Chris Bosh, so the narrative changes. The first-round series against the Magic was touted as the matchup between two of the league’s best young big men in Dwight Howard and Bosh, but the Raptors were perceived to have an advantage because of their dual-point guard play though Orlando held home court advantage, and so the Raptors were unable to win the first two games. In Game 1, for some inexplicable reason, Toronto chose to start Bryan Colangelo`s pet project and number 1 draft pick, Andrea Bargnani (7.0 ft, 270 lbs) at small forward. Brilliant move there down 0-2 in a play off series (catch the sarcasim).
This did not matter, as Orlando took a huge lead in the first quarter. Howard dominated the game, finishing with 22 points, 25 rebounds and 5 blocks. The stifling defense held Toronto to 37.6% shooting. Bosh finished 4 for 11 from the field (13 of 13 in free throws) and the Raptors lost by 14. Game 2 started similarly to Game 1, with Howard’s dominance propelling the Magic to a sizeable lead, but solid plays from Bosh, Jayson Kapono (who?) and Jose Calderón put the Raptors in front late in the fourth quarter.
The Magic came back, and with 9 seconds left on the clock, Bosh missed 18-foot jumper as time expired, giving the Magic a one-point win. In Game 3, Ford and Calderón stepped up, and the Raptors preserved some hope with a 108–94 home win. In Game 4, the teams were almost tied going into the fourth quarter. Despite Bosh recording 39 points and 15 rebounds, deadly shooting by the Magic in the last few minutes ensured victory for the visitors. Back on the road in Game 5, Toronto was outplayed by the Magic in the second half, and the Raptors eliminated from the first round four games to one. General Manager Bryan Colangelo said at a press conference afterwards, “Whether it’s protecting [Bosh] inside the paint, getting a little bit more of a presence in there, to just getting him another scorer that’s going to shoulder some of that burden, it’s something that’s clear we have to get better”, hinting that the roster was in need of an overhaul.
I wonder how that worked out Bryan.
Bosh’s international career began in 2002 when he was selected as a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that finished with a 4–1 record and the bronze medal.
After his NBA career began, Bosh was named in March 2006 to the 2006–2008 United States men’s national basketball team program, and helped lead the team to a 5–0 record during its pre-World Championship tour. In August 2006, Bosh was named as a member of the 2006 USA World Championship Team. Together with fellow 2003 draftees Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kirk Hinrich, this team competed in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. The team won the bronze medal, defeating former 2004 Olympic champion Argentina. Bosh was ranked sixth in field goal percentage.
Following the 2006–07 season, Bosh was named to the team that would compete in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship. However, he sustained a foot injury and withdrew from the squad. On June 23, 2008, he was named to the team that would compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. During the tournament itself, Bosh operated as the main backup to center Dwight Howard as Team USA went unbeaten in all eight games en route to the gold medal, defeating Spain in the final. He averaged 9.1 points per game, and led the team in rebounds with 6.1 a game.
Chris Bosh Highlights (vs Greece) Aug. 14/08
So up to 2008, Chris Bosh was an accomplished player, at the highest level, except for the NBA play offs. He has earned numerous accolades from basketball experts and peers.
Assistant coach Mike D’Antoni pulled out the adjective “magnifico” to describe Bosh’s 18-point game against Greece, as well as his play overall. Teammate Kobe Bryant gushed over his play. “Chris Bosh was terrific,” said Bryant. “He always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time and when we penetrate he’s able to find a little crack or seam and be able to finish.”
“And defensively he did a great job on the pick-and-roll and stopping their guards from penetrating. He was getting steals and we converted them into easy points. He did a fantastic job.” Bosh had far and away eclipsed Carlos Boozer as the backup centre on a smallish American team and with Dwight Howard’s propensity to draw fouls, it meant more time for the 6-foot-11 Bosh. He’s responded each time, playing with an intensity and passion that was missing his first time around with the American team.
Those that hate Chris Bosh claimed he left the Raptors with nothing but a TPE
They also said he took a dump on the Raptors because (and this was further reported by Brian Colangelo) that he lied to the GM about his intentions.