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Winderman: Bosh ready for anything in return to Toronto


Now comes Chris Bosh’s turn.

Two months after LeBron James received his enraged embrace upon his post-free-agency return to Cleveland, Bosh gets his turn Wednesday in Toronto.

Amid talk of Raptors fans giving him the Vince Carter treatment (security remains beefed up to this day whenever Vince heads north of the border) and Raptors players talking of putting Bosh on the ground, Bosh remains hopeful of his better days with the Raptors driving the emotions at Air Canada Centre.

“But, at the end of the day, I’m on another team, so that could go a lot of ways,” the Heat forward said Tuesday. “I just have to be ready for anything.”

LeBron seconded that notion.

“He’s seen what I went through Dec. 2,” he said. “He should be prepared. First of all, it would not be as bad as it was for me, for him. But he can expect boos, expect a little hatred from ’em, the fans giving it to him. As teammates, we’ll be there for him.”

James doesn’t see Bosh evoking the same visceral response.

“Chris is a great guy, is very laid back, and I’ve probably never seen people get on him about anything, because he kind of stays to himself,” he said. “He’s not someone that gets in people’s business. We’ll see.”

Like LeBron, Bosh said there are no regrets about his career path.

“I don’t regret anything, because, at the end of the day, I’ve never said anything bad about the city or the organization, and I’ve never felt bad about it,” he said. “Sometimes there’s no good way to separate, or move on.

“You just have to put the past behind you. At no time did I feel that I said anything degrading or bad or acted uncivilized or anything like that. So I’m pretty happy with the way things are.”

If anything, if might be Bosh who arrives with the grudge, after Raptors President Bryan Colangelo accused him of checking out on the team amid a spate of injuries last season.

“It’s disappointing,” Bosh said of that aspect of the return, “I mean, because you know what you did and you know it’s a hard job to play every night, especially with the things that I was dealing with at the time. It was very tough. It was very tough.

“But I came, I competed every night I was out the court when I was healthy. Even when I wasn’t 100 percent, I still went out there and gave it my all. With me knowing that, I don’t have to worry about what other people say. I know good and well what I did and I would never, ever check out of anything.”

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

So what's the deal with the Chris Bosh free agency list?

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On Friday, we told you about the report from Chad Ford of ESPN concerning a list of teams Chris Bosh’s agent had provided the Raptors. The list was for teams he was looking to sign with, and included the Heat, Knicks, Bulls, and Lakers, so that the Raptors could begin considering a sign and trade. The Raptors were the fifth team, in the event he decided to re-sign with his first team.

We also updated you with a denial from Bosh’s agent to our own Ira Winderman. Bosh himself linked to a RealGM story about the denial.

Okay, so either Ford got faulty information from two different sources (unlikely given Ford’s reputation), or Bosh and agent are just issuing denials. But here’s where it gets weird.

The Score’s Holly MacKenzie tips us off to a Toronto Star article from reknown Toronto writer Doug Smith that includes a confirmation of a list from Bryan Colangelo.

“It has been narrowed down to a handful of teams, including us,” Colangelo said, not going into any more details.”

So the actual person providing the list denies it, and the team having to potentially deal its franchise power forward confirms it. Didn’t really see that coming.

It’s clear that Bosh and his agent are playing it tight to the vest, and the reason for that is likely the same reason all free agents are being coy. They don’t want to limit the number of bidders which keeps their value at a premium, nor do they want to close off any doors in case something unforeseen happens.

There’s enough coming out of this story to start getting an idea of what Bosh is thinking. And that makes for some excited Bulls fans, and likely some nervous Knicks fans. Oh, and a bunch of depressed Rockets fans, since Houston was not on the list, despite their interest in him.