It’s no new insight that in professional sports, winning attracts attention. Cereal boxes, tickertape parades, bedroom posters, playground impersonators, hours of televised fawning – all in honour of the big W. Losers can be relevant, but they’re relevant for losing. You may get noticed for setting futility records, but being a spectacular failure won’t make you matter… or make you money.
How Bosh has managed to transform the public’s perception of him from “good player tired of losing” to “greedy attention-seeking diva” is truly a thing of beauty. He has handled the 2010 free-agency period about as poorly as one can. Whereas Dwayne Wade and LeBron James have met with other teams without alienating their existing ones, Chris Bosh has done exactly that.
There are going to be sweeping changes in Toronto, the question is who should go and who should stay. It’s obvious that our roster isn’t good enough and there’s plenty of dead weights, overpaid players and bad fits. Looking at the mess that is our roster, who would you actually keep, if anyone, who would you have patience with, and who would you slam the door on?