7. Chris Bosh, Toronto – He’ll have to deal with questions about his future in Canada all season, but given that he’s consistently around 23 and 10 for the past four seasons, don’t expect a dip in performance. If anything, he should rise to the occasion to solidify his stance as one of the top prizes on the 2010 arms race, especially if bulking up — he’s working to start the season at 250 — agrees with him.
The 2009-10 Toronto Raptors fooled everyone. When they threw 5 years and an amazing $53 million at him, many in the basketball world chortled. The jokes on us that did the laughing now. He’s a star baby, a god damned star.
Look at that video. Now watch it again, although it’s not like I had to tell you that because you already did. Not only is he somewhat capable on the hardcourt, but he’s a triple threat; he act’s, sings and dances. When was the last time you saw a 6′10″ white man dance with such grace? My guess is on never.
Yesterday, with the start of the Soccer League season, José Manuel Calderón was invited to attend the first game of the 2009-2010 season.
During the game, the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, gave him a jersey with his number and name. José Manuel enjoyed the event, and shared seats with Usain Bolt.
While the added depth among his bigs and wings is impressive, what might be the biggest improvement is found at the point guard position. Jose Calderon attempted to play through some injuries last season and it effected his ability to defend and his ability to cut to the rim. Plus, having inexperienced players behind him meant Calderon had to log heavier minutes than the coaching staff would have liked. With the addition of Jarrett Jack, Calderon can see his minutes settle between 30 to 35 per game, while Jack can play alongside Calderon for stretches or confidently run the offense while Calderon is on the bench of sitting out a game.
Unlike last season where there was pressure on Triano to bring together a rag-tag group of basketball vagabonds taking up space at the end of his bench, this season the pressure will be the second-year coach to keep players happy with their minutes and role within the team.