Archive for February, 2011

How should the ACC react to Bosh's return?

Taken from my piece on Raptors Watch

It’s a slow day in Raptors media-land. Most journalists are bored – writing columns about the Raptors’ defensive problems, potential draft pics, or simply fabricatingbenighted senselessness (scroll to the part where it says Damon Stoudemire is the only Rookie of the year in Raptors’ history).

The only interesting news happening today is that Leandro Barbosa now has a Twitter account. It’s not verified yet, but it’s him according to Jared Dudley.

So.

I thought we’d have some fun today considering that the return of Chris Bosh is looming. He’ll be back on February 16th, and he’s noted before that he hopes he doesn’t get a hostile reception.

Taken from TSN’s post-game notes following Lebron’s return to Cleveland:

“I hope not. I don’t think it could get any worse than that,” Bosh says. “It was something else. You had to see it.”

James, for one, doesn’t think the reception in Toronto will even come close to rivalling the one he faced in Cleveland.

“It will be nowhere near as bad as it was for me going back home,” James says. “He’s not going back home, he’s going to a team he played for. There’s no comparison. He’ll be fine.”

Bosh says heckling and booing are to be expected, and that he hopes he can use some of that negative energy as fuel – a skill he picked up from his new teammates in Miami.

“When I looked at Dwyane and LeBron, as soon as the game (in Cleveland) started playing, I could kind of read their body language from the get-go and I was like, ‘Wow, they really like this, they like this environment, they like just the tension and the excitement and everything,'”, says Bosh. “So I was like, ‘Man, I gotta step up.'”

The game in Cleveland also seemed to teach Miami’s ‘Big Three’ how to embrace the roles of supervillains, a label put on them by fans of the 29 teams not based in Miami.

“We’ve dealt with a lot of those extreme road circumstances, and these guys absolutely have embraced those opportunities to play in those environments,” says head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Here’s the deal. Through many, many years of experience, we already know as Raptor fans that booing simply does not work. It only fuels the opposing player to go off on his former team. However, I’m reluctant to believe that heckling Bosh will have the same effect. I question his mental stability and ability to stay focused.

He’s not tough – Kevin Durant will tell you that. I think if he gets heckled he’ll crack and be heart-broken; which will lead to a bad performance.

I would rather hear from the fans though, since I’m assuming some of the readers will be attending the game.

It’s time to vote Dino fans. I have attached some clever options of my own, but feel free to add any other ideas you guys have.