Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
The Toronto sport's fan psyche took a major hit when Roy Halladay left the Big Smoke about six months ago, it still was a little bruised when we had to watch Mats Sundin finish his career in a different shade of blue on the west coast.
Now we brace for the departure of another of the bigs, Chris Bosh.
At least when Sundin left the super star void was filled rather quickly. With the basketball team all we see as free agency starts is uncertainty.
It hurt when Damien Stoudamire left, ditto Tracy McGrady and it really stung when Vince Carter left.
We were stung again when the Nets eliminated us from the play-offs.
I hope that no matter where Chris Bosh goes (hopefully he stays) that we can treat him a little differently than we do Vince.
I hope that when he returns we can give him the same kind of welcome that Mo Pete and Matt Bonner get.
Bosh's foundation has done great work with kids in the city and he was a lot of fun to watch.
As a photographer, I loved him, Bosh was one of those players that had a great playing face.
Every picture seemed good with Chris in it, he was expressive and reactive.
A picture taken at the right time of Chris might have been all you needed to tell the story of the game.
I'll miss Chris and I won't boo when he comes back to visit.
Raptors rookie Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett watch the flight of a foul shot as the Toronto Raptors lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, January 21, 2004. At the time Bosh/Garnett comparisons were mentioned constantly.
Chris Bosh celebrates a dunk under the basket. The Raptors remain undefeated when Chris Bosh scores more than 20 points as the Toronto Raptors defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-92 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. January 23, 2005.
Chris Bosh celebrates a basket at the buzzer in the first quarter, the basket did not count as the Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers in the final game of the season at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ,April 18, 2007.
After leading the Raptors to their fourth win in a row, Chris Bosh lets out a huge laugh, Bosh had a career high 41 points along with eight rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat conference rivals the Orlando Magic 113-103 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, February 8, 2007.
Chris Bosh thanks the crowd before the game and the team unrolls a division championship banner as the Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers in the final game of the season at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, April 18, 2007.
"Noooooooo" shouts Chris Bosh after getting called for a foul in the first few seconds as the Toronto Raptors visit the New Jersey Nets in Game Three at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 27, 2007.
Chris Bosh lies across three front row fans after saving a ball in the second half as the Toronto Raptors defeat the Portland Trailblazers in double overtime 116-109 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, January 13, 2008.
Chris Bosh dishes off the ball as a wall of Celtics consisting of Eddie House, Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins as the Toronto Raptors are punished by the World Champion Boston Celtics 118-103 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
April 4, 2010 Chris Bosh falls to the ground after missing the game winning shot as Amir Johnson and Marco Belinelli look on as the Toronto Raptors lose to the Golden State Warriors 113-112 at the buzzer at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
April 4, 2010 The most painful moment of them all, Chris Bosh lays on the ground after missing a tip shot to win the game as the Toronto Raptors lose to the Golden State Warriors 113-112 at the buzzer to miss the playoffs.