Friday, April 01, 2005

Hoops: Where are they now - Chris Bosh

Bosh has had to adjust to constant personnel changes and now a new coach, up there north of the border.

Bosh on Coach Sam Mitchell:

"It's been a ride," said 21-year-old forward Chris Bosh, the former Georgia Tech star and now the Raptors' leading man. "The first year is always going to be tough. You have to go through tough times first before you can have the good times. He probably knew he wasn't going to step in and everything was going to be all good."

In some ways, the approach (hard-nosed) seems to be working. Bosh, now the team's centerpiece, is blossoming. His relationship with Mitchell, an important one in rebuilding the franchise, appears solid. Bosh respects Mitchell's unbending honesty, even if it's not what he always wants to hear.

"If I'm having a bad game and I stink that day, he will let me know. He will let me know what I need to do. Whether I like it or not, he's going to tell me the truth," said Bosh, who is averaging 16.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in his second NBA season.

Also, Slam Magazine just did a very nice story on Bosh. Just read it at the newstand. Talks about what an unselfish person his is. Jalen Rose said that when he retired, Chris Bosh is one of those guys that he would pay to see play. Just an outstanding article. Bosh showed how humble he was also. After getting patted on the back for a "great" night with like 24 pts and 12 boards, he realized that was what Kevin Garnett AVERAGED every night. So he knows he has a long way to go.

A superstar in the making - and just a nice guy also.