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nstojic
08-26-2008, 10:30 PM
from todays torontosun, by frank zicarelli: http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/Columnists/Zicarelli_Frank/2008/08/26/6574391-sun.html


"Chris Bosh wasn't looking so much for redemption as he was a reward when he agreed to sacrifice his time and game for the U.S. Olympic team. After all, he hasn't won anything of any consequence since his days in Dallas as a high schooler.

While winning a gold medal and helping the U.S. regain its lustre on the international stage should be applauded, they mean very little when it comes to the NBA and the Raptors. This notion that Bosh will somehow benefit from playing at a high level is utter nonsense.

The international game, from its coaching, culture and competitors, is as far from the NBA experience as the distance from Toronto to Beijing. Bosh will be buoyed, but his memories of China will serve no purpose when the Raptors tip off their regular season on Oct. 29.

Bosh being Bosh and knowing how the media game gets played, he'll talk glowingly about the Olympic experience when the subject inevitably gets broached. He'll say all the right things, but no one is going to remember his role in helping the U.S. defeat Spain.

No one is going to confuse Roko Ukic for Jason Kidd, Will Solomon for LeBron James or Hassan Adams for Kobe Bryant. When surrounded by great players, Bosh continues to show that be belongs on the same floor.

Bosh didn't need the Olympics to prove that point.

What Bosh needs is to get mean, get his elbows in a defender's face, make the right decision out of double teams and learn from Jermaine O'Neal, who means more to the Raptors franchise player than any Spanish conquest or Olympic glory.

Assuming he stays healthy and assuming he accepts being the second option, O'Neal will take Bosh's game to that all-important next level and perhaps the Raptors will get out of the first round. No Olympic exposure against whatever opponent can prepare someone for a playoff run. If anything, what the Olympics did was restore the swagger that has gone missing from the Americans, something Bosh can use for this coming NBA season.

Other than that, nothing should be gleaned from Bosh being in Beijing."

i disagree with this turd

Master P
08-26-2008, 11:35 PM
i think it's a toronto sun article.

Bob_at_york
08-27-2008, 09:42 AM
i disagree with this turd
I am going to have to edit your post because you didn't use a link and I might have screwed with the copyright rules. While I am doing that, can you tell me why you disagree with the guy's article?

The Wise 1
08-27-2008, 11:07 AM
I actually see nothing wrong wrong with the article. I somewhat agree.

The Wise 1
08-27-2008, 11:07 AM
It might be a little harsh but its the truth.

_Sn1P3r_
08-27-2008, 12:31 PM
I agree when he said no one will remember Bosh's impact on the Spain game. He will get overlooked by Wade and Kobe and their late game heroics.

Tom Stone
08-27-2008, 02:04 PM
To say the olympic expirence didn't help Bosh is just silly.........I agree with some things he said, but, I felt Bosh had a great year with the USA team, his first and second year wasn't real good, D howard seem to make bosh look small and weak, but this year, D howard looked like the rook and bosh gave them consistant play through the olympics, I don't care what buddy said, Playing with the best people in the world and being one of the main options, that could only be good for Bosh, He's still young and improving, bubby talks like Bosh is at the his peak of his carear or something, he's still a young kid......

lovingTO
08-27-2008, 04:40 PM
Some people having taken this Bosh olympic experience and made it out to be a defining moment for Bosh that will make him elite in this league. I agree with this guy that the Olympic games for bosh wont change him much as a player. He's probably on an emotional high right now, but that is all. The international game is so different from the north american game. I for the most part agree with this guy. He was a little harsh though.

mjt20mik
08-27-2008, 05:35 PM
I kinda agree with his outlook.
The Raptors as a whole, are too "soft". They need to be more dirty and gritty. And it all has to start from Bosh. And I think JO is the perfect solution to that.

star
08-27-2008, 06:20 PM
well this guy actually missed on a few things ... and for all of you that think i HATE on the raps ... here is me defending them ;)...

First - Winning
This is the first thing bosh has won in a long time and of any significance, he won with the whole world watching. That is a GREAT experience and learning tool.

Second - Being on a world stage
This is huge in learing how to handle media attention and the circus surronding an event of this magnitude (can you say good experience for a future finals series?)

Third - Being finally labeled an ELITE
Ever wonder why Kobe, Lebron, Shaq, Wade etc, get "questionable" calls and areallowed to sometimes get away with an extra step or a "play-on" goes in their favour ... well it is because they are famous and viewed as "ELITE" Well now i think MORE people in the wolrd (incl. leauge and refs) see bosh in that light.

Fourth - Friendships
Bosh becoming a popular locker room guy building relationships with other stars and superstars, maybe this could translate into geting other players to look at toronto more favourably in free agency.

The guys pooint about the game itself being different ... ya he makes sense

But what about all of the intangebles that BOSH has been exposed to and learned. I think the Olympic experience was HUGE for bosh.

The guy who wrote this did not do a good job looking at all of the facts