First call from about 7:30 a.m., last call from a guy about 10:20 p.m. Gotta love the gig.
But it was fun at some level, wasn’t it?
And there’s more to come.
So, I know what you think – the 150 or so comments here and the 100 or so that accompany the various news stories were enough for me – and I’m still trying to figure out what I think.
And this is what I get to:
Chris Bosh made the best decision for Chris Bosh and, at the end of the day, don’t we all have to look out for No. 1?
He’s 26 years old, been working the same job for seven years and had a chance to move to a different city to work with a better group of colleagues and he took it.
I might, especially if those seven years hadn’t been all that successful.
But there are so many layers to this whole situation it’s really hard to get your head around all of them.
Let’s go through a few:
How Bosh acted.
I’ll say this up front: I quite like Chris Bosh. He’s a good man at heart, I believe, he’s been nothing but respectful and cordial and professional with me and I’ve seen him every step of the way, from here to Beijing.
That said, I don’t think he handled himself particularly well during his whole process, not with the Raptors, not with the fans, not with the media.
That he put himself out there in public should come as no surprise – this is a dude who did a video about getting a tattoo, for goodness sake – but not being open and forthright and accommodating with the Raptors was disrespectful. And to not take 20 seconds on that faux interview yesterday afternoon to thank the people and organization that helped make him what he is was bad. Very bad.
I don’t know if this is some seismic shift in Bosh’s personality or not; I don’t think it is but it was a definite blackmark on an otherwise solid reputation.
I presume someone close to him will tell him that, and I hope he understands how he hurt some people up here.
How the Raptors acted
It became apparent to lots of people it the organization about March that Bosh was going to leave so that he’s gone really doesn’t surprise a lot of people.
Now, it’s easy to say in hindsight that they should have traded him last February at the deadline but, if you recall, things were going pretty darn well at the point, the sense was Bosh was happy, we were fielding calls and e-mails about him being the best power forward in the game and certain all-NBA pick. It went south, no question. But at the deadline, there was no sense a trade was necessary.
Anyway, that quite aside, once this whole process started, the Raptors knew they had lost a little bit of control in the situation, that it would be up to Bosh to pick a team and then for them to work something out in a sign-and-trade.
Now, there may very well be something coming back for Bosh, the door is not entirely closed on a sign-and-trade so all this needs to be tempered by that fact.
But perhaps they misread him a bit, too. I know some in the organization were convinced that Bosh would be about the money and that the allure of a sixth year on a contract would be enough to ensure they got something in return.
Maybe that isn’t going to happen and that would make this a very big black mark on the tenure of GM Bryan Colangelo.
But let’s see how it shakes out in the next 24 hours.
What the future holds
I had a guy say to me yesterday afternoon something along the lines of:
“They’ve got no chance to make the playoffs now.”
And I kind of thought:
“Well, they didn’t make the playoffs the last two years, what’s the difference?”
Maybe as much as this was a good basketball decision for Bosh, maybe it’s a good basketball decision for the Raptors, too, even if it was kind of forced on them.
It didn’t work to great extents with Chris here, they were good some years, bad some years and middling some other years. They tried a whole bunch of things, coaches, teammates, styles, and nothing seemed to really click.
Maybe it is time to regroup, to find some other style of play, let this group run and see if someone or something emerges. I don’t know if it will and I don’t know if it won’t but it should be interesting to watch.
I have a friend, Kate, who’s one of the better editors I’ve got, and one of the Irregulars around these parts. Got a note from her that ended with this:
“Moving on … I’m actually pretty excited about the Young Gunz era! I know we might not be winning as many games, but I expect the entertainment level will be as good if not better with these talented kids – including the rookies, who look to be great addition.”
I had a few more comments and e-mails like that, too.
It’s going to be a new era around here for sure, no question about it. It might be bad, it might be good, it might surprise everyone.
And, you know, the unknown might be one of the good things about sport, you throw the ball up, see what happens and watch and enjoy.
Oh yeah, if you want to watch, I hear TSN’s picking up the hour-long LeBronathon.
If it ends with him, Bosh and Wade singing You’ll Never Walk Alone, I’m throwing something at the TV.
What of LeBron?
From the world of total guesswork, I’m saying Miami for no real reason except because I feel compelled to put in my two cents.
And if it is, we have all tomorrow to figure out whether it’s good or bad for the NBA.
Mail check one more time. Got lots in there that are rants and comments and quite entertaining on the whole but a lot of ‘em lack the requisite feature of a mailbag question.
That being a question.
One thing we’ll delve into tomorrow for sure is the salary cap situation of the Raptors and the league.
It was with huge interest that I saw the cap and tax numbers released by the league last night.
The cap is set at $58.044 million and the tax level is $70.307 million; last year they were $57.700 million and $69.920 million, respectively.
Kind of makes it hard to believe the league’s contention that teams are in dire financial straights when the money to spend goes up, doesn’t it?
Anyway, got Amir Johnson hoopla at 1 p.m. and more phone work on what else Bryan might have up his sleeve (the mid-level guy is coming soon, I’m betting we get a trade in the next little while).
Stick around, who knows what might unfold.