Chris Bosh clears everything up: He didn’t leave Toronto to be on T.V., it was that they sucked

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Chris Bosh, stop digging. When you’re in a hole… stop.

Don’t worry about what the people in Toronto think of you. Worry about where to be in the offense and how you’re going to defend Dwight Howard.

This all started back on Tuesday Bosh was interviewed by a Toronto Star columnist before the Heat’s opening night in Boston and said this quote:

“Really, it’s all about being on TV at the end of the day,” the five-time all-star said Tuesday. “Seriously. A guy can average 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds), and nobody really cares. If you don’t see it (on U.S. national TV), then it doesn’t really happen.”

Not good. We know you felt underappreciated in Toronto. You’ve beat that drum pretty hard. Just don’t go on Toronto radio station 590 The Fan with Doug Farraway Friday and try to clear everything up… oh, too late. The National Post transcribes it for us.

“Yeah, I said that,” Bosh told Farraway, “but it wasn’t in the context of why I made my decision [to leave Toronto for Miami in the off-season].”

Bosh said that he made the comment in a conversation about why one player is perceived to be better than another, and went on to say he did not even invoke the importance of being on national television in the United States, specifically…

Bosh went on to say that the main reason he left Toronto was to win basketball games and chase a championship.

We knew why Bosh left, because he and LeBron James have beat that drum about winning loudly, too. But in Toronto some will read it this way: it wasn’t televised games, he just left Toronto because they sucked. Oh, that’s much better.

Why did the Raptors suck and fall apart at the end of last season, why did Bosh struggle? The primary reason was his lingering ankle injury, certainly. But he talked again about the distraction of everyone asking if he was leaving:

“It was a distraction after all-star break, because that’s all that people wanted to talk about that,” Bosh told Farraway.

Bosh, that is a distraction of your own creation. So to be clear: You left Toronto to win games and a title, but part of the reason that didn’t happen in Toronto was the distraction of you leaving.

Bosh told the Palm Beach Post that he went on the radio to try and keep his good name.

 

“You can work a lifetime to to build up a good name, and it could be taken away in a matter of seconds,” Bosh said after Friday’s shootaround. “If I’m misquoted, or someone puts a quote in the wrong context, I want to get it straight. Your name is all it has… In no way am I going to associate the Bosh name with things that were said.”

Bosh, stop trying to explain why you left. Stop trying to make the people of Toronto still like you. Stop digging. You had played out your contract and earned the right to leave. You wanted to win. That’s fine. Own that. Stop worrying about what people think — in your much larger spotlight now that will drive you crazy.

Just play and try to figure out how to blend in with your new teammates. Hope all this wasn’t too much of a distraction.

Victor Oladipo’s practice dunk better than anything he – or maybe anyone – did in dunk contest (video)

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Victor Oladipo has grown into far more than just a dunker.

In fact, in Saturday’s dunk contest, he didn’t look like a dunker at all.

The Pacers star missed all three attempts of his first dunk, and a Black Panther mask was by far the biggest draw of his second. Oladipo was eliminated after the first round.

Maybe Dennis Smith Jr. wasn’t the only eliminated dunker who left something in his bag. This Oladipo dunk – 180 degrees, throwing ball off the backboard with his left hand while in mid-air, dunking with his right hand – while preparing in Los Angeles was awesome.

Larry Nance Jr. had the contest’s best dunk. This would have rivaled it.

Pelicans owner Tom Benson hospitalized with flu symptoms

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson has been hospitalized with flu symptoms.

A statement released Wednesday by the NFL and NBA clubs says their 90-year-old owner is resting comfortably at Ochsner Medical Center, a hospital which also serves as a major sponsor and which owns naming rights to the teams’ training headquarters.

Benson has owned the New Orleans Saints since 1985 and bought the New Orleans Pelicans in 2012.

In recent years, Benson has overhauled his estate plan so that his third wife, Gayle, would be first in line to inherit control of the two major professional franchises.

 

Report: Seattle hosting Kings-Warriors preseason game

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Kevin Durant spent his rookie season in Seattle, before the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. He has said Seattle fans deserved to see him grow up in the NBA after supporting his promising start.

They’ll get their chance.

Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee:

The Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources.

The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and became the Thunder.

This game will be loaded with storylines. Not only Durant, but the Kings considered moving to Seattle a few years ago. And of course, the return of NBA basketball to Seattle.

At some point, Seattle will get its own team again. For now, this preseason game creates intrigue there.

Report: Kawhi Leonard cleared medically, seeking second opinion

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’d be surprised if Kawhi Leonard played again this season, a stark reversal from just a month ago. Back then, even while announcing Leonard was out indefinitely with a quad injury, the San Antonio coach said Leonard wouldn’t miss the rest of the season.

What’s going on?

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

After spending 10 days before the All-Star break in New York consulting with a specialist to gather a second opinion on his right quad injury, All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard bears the burden of determining when he’s prepared to play again, sources told ESPN.

Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting down a nine-game return to the Spurs that ended Jan. 13, he has elected against returning to the active roster, sources said.

The uncertainty surrounding this season — and Leonard’s future which could include free agency in the summer of 2019 — has inspired a palpable stress around the organization, league sources said.

At first glance, this sounds like Derrick Rose five years ago. Even after he was cleared to play following a torn ACL, the then-Bulls star remained mysterious about when he’d suit up. His confidence in his physical abilities seemed to be a major issue, and he was never the same player since (suffering more leg injuries).

But the Spurs famously favor resting players to preserve long-term health. They seem unlikely to rush back Leonard. They might even sit players who want to play more often. And Leonard isn’t Rose.

Still, it’s clear something is amiss in San Antonio. Maybe not amiss enough to end Leonard’s tenure there, but the longer this lingers, the more time for tension to percolate.