At the risk of over saturating RR with another Bosh related Doomsday post, I feel compelled to share a revelation of sorts that has crept up on me over the last couple of games.
For as much as Bosh might have failed to live up to unfair expectations of being a number one guy on a championship caliber team, the raptors have failed him seven times over. Seven years the raptors have spent attempting to build around Bosh and in year seven, the final blueprint we are no further along than we were in year three.
Bosh has his faults both as a player and leader, but for seven years he has carried himself with dignity and class as this organization has had face lift after face lift. He gave both Toronto and the Raptors a legitimate chance to succeed around him and it was us who failed him, not the other way around.
I want Bosh to leave, not just because I don't think he can carry this team to a championship, but because he deserves to be able to choose his own path and play for a winner. Toronto is a cautionary tale for great players wasting away on mediocre teams re Sundin, Halladay. I don't want Bosh to resign just so we can spend the next few years mutually resenting each other.
It seems curious to me that the reaction to Bosh's likely departure isn't as visceral as it was Wince's. Everyone is caught up in the economics, how it will effect the future and possible pieces the team can get in return. No one seems to bemoan the loss of this extremely likable guy who played just as hard during a losing season as a winning one and whose effort minus the last couple weeks has been beyond reproach for the better part for 7 years. It begs the question whether he ever emotionally connected with this city or its fanbase, again a failure as much ours as it is his. Maybe we gave too much of ourselves to Wince and not enough to Bosh, but in this case I hope we can remain friends.
Go to NYC and play with Bron and remember your time here fondly. Tell players around the league that Toronto is a great city with a great fan base and that you wish that it had worked out there. For once lets have a player leave amicably and not rush to boo the moment he returns.
We should try and savor these last few weeks because for all the people who moan (myself included) about what he doesn't do and what he is in capable of doing, one thing for sure is that we will miss everything he does do when he's gone.