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.