After Cavs owner Dan Gilbert went on his tirade a few weeks back, it seemed as if Toronto would stay above the fray.
In this mornings' edition of the Toronto Sun, we see that's not the case.
Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo chose his words carefully during a Monday interview with the FAN 590’s Bob McCown, but clearly is not pleased with the way things turned out with Bosh.
Colangelo intoned that Bosh took a long time to return from injury even though he had been medically cleared and that he started thinking ahead to his future to the detriment of the Raptors.
“Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games ... I’m not even questioning Chris’ injury. I’m telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn’t there and he chose not to play,” Colangelo said.
“The fact that our season was spiralling downward and we were hoping he’d come back sooner and we were also dealing with a few other things at that point ... we were really struggling there.”
Colangelo went on to elaborate:
“Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn’t quite into it down the stretch, he wasn’t the same guy. I think everybody saw that, but no one wanted to acknowledge it.”
“At the same time, I never felt we were quite in the game (in terms of signing Bosh to a new contract). There was too much out there, too much built up for him to take an easy out here, and he decided to do that.”
Colangelo also said Bosh was hard to build around.
“We tried in vain to put pieces around Chris. Different pieces, different styles. It didn’t work out.”
“No matter what type of player we brought in, it didn’t seem to have the right mix with him as that centrepiece.”
Colangelo was a guest on my show before the trade deadline. At the time he told us he was open to a sign and trade if that's what it came down to.
The fact that he took the time to bash Bosh (for his toughness/desire) now is silly. He should have traded him when he had the chance.
When I hosted the Heat's pre & post game shows on radio, I used to say, "chalk one up for the good guys," during the victory.
I think these days everyone should embrace this mantra...
CHALK ONE UP FOR THE BAD GUYS!