“Because of where we play, we don’t get the attention of other teams,” Bosh told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo.com in a column that was presumably reported before Bosh was lost for the balance of the regular season with his facial injuries.
A couple of questions for Bosh: Is it crazy to suggest it’s not because of where you play that you and your teammates don’t get the same amount of attention as other teams? Couldn’t it be because of how you’ve played — i.e. without highlight-reel appeal and with a combined winning percentage of .458 in the five straight seasons in which you’ve been named an all-star? (The answers, by the way, are no and yes. Bosh has been a good ambassador for Toronto, but he should understand that geography is largely irrelevant in matters of celebrity. There was no bigger NBA star than Vince Carter when Carter was in full bloom a decade ago. And Carter had it all, the endorsements and the nightly ESPN-driven drooling, while based in this little hinterland that passes for something like the fourth largest city in the NBA).
And a heads-up to Calderon: They’re booing because you and your teammates, no matter how this thing ends up, are en route to yet another season of underachievement. They’re booing because they expected more from their GQ GM, their free-agent-to-be of an all-star and, to get specific, from you.