About the only thing that makes me smile of late, in terms of the Raptors is Sonny Weems. He once again came through and with a depleted Raptors line-up, he again stepped up and had a career high 21 points. Thankfully, he is under contract and will be back next season. Weems is a great story, in a season that has not offered many. To have climbed the ladder in the rapid way he has, speaks to his play and the lack of play of the people in front of him on the roster. For example, Marco Belinelli who Colangelo at beginning of the season billed as a guy capable of being a contender for 6th man of the year. In reality he has been more like 12th man of the Raptors forget the league.
Something that was said in our liveblog on The Score is haunting me over the last few days. Almost right after Chris Bosh made his exit from the bloody floor in Cleveland, someone said " What if that is the last time we see Chris in a Raptors uniform". The news that would follow of Bosh having to have surgery in Cleveland ,and then the doctors saying he can not be re-evaluated for at least 7-10 days. This in effect ending Bosh's regular season and perhaps his Raptor career, depending on what happens. It would be a truly sad ending, to what has been a great 7 years of watching him play for the Raptors. I find it sad, pathetic and somewhat stupid the amount of criticism this guy takes. He has come such a long way over his time with the Raptors. Watching him growing into NBA All-Star and one of the true elite players in this league has been a treat. He has grown up before my eyes and I have personally enjoyed it. I get the fact that some people only see the ultimate team results, with him as the "Franchise" player. However, in my opinion, he has done more than his part to carry the load for 7 years. If that ends with him a bloody mess on a floor in Cleveland, that is sad and will disappoint me for years to come.
What people can't take away, is the fact that a banner for a Division Title will hang in the ACC, that Chris Bosh was a huge part of putting there. Vince Carter didn't do that. Carter may call the ACC his house as he did in the past. But there is no evidence that he left behind. They don't put up a banner for a Slam Dunk Championship, for being a leading vote getter for the All Star Game and they don't for a playoff series win. If Bosh does leave the debate will rage for years of who was the best Raptor ever. It really is a case of flash vs substance. Carter was the flash with the dunks and drama that surrounded him. Bosh was the substance that night in and night out gave what he had to make a team less talented than the ones Carter was on to be successful. For my money, Bosh is the guy and will be the guy for a long time to come. It seems painfully obvious, that there is no next one on this Raptors roster right now. That might not be fair to Demar DeRozan, who I personally still hold out hope that he can be great. But in terms of Bargnani that ship has sailed. He will never go down as good as Carter or Bosh. He just is not on that level.
The Raptors seem like a team in need of a miracle at this point. I think the person that I feel most sorry for in all of this is Jarrett Jack. If you have been watching the last few games you can see that Jack is busting his butt to try and get to post season. It would be the first time he would get there. At the All-Star Break it seemed a sure thing that he would get to experience the playoffs with his college team mate in Bosh. He lost his starting job to Calderon...which by the way how is that going Jay Triano and Calderon fans? Jack has always been a straight shooter about this team and how it has performed or not performed throughout the season. If you could combine the leadership he shows with the talent Chris Bosh has you would have a heck of a basketball player. I truly feel sorry for Jack that his chances of making his first post season have been dealt death blow after death blow. Which after all of that you may have to watch your friend leave in the off-season only getting to play one season with him. Not exactly a fair tale story at all.
Flat out if you care at all for this team and the last few days have not been depressing, then you honestly don't really care. If the Raptors can pull this thing out of the black hole this season seems to have fallen into, it would be amazing and somewhat shocking. Having said that even if they make the playoffs we still have no clue if Bosh could play in a series vs Lebron James, the soon to be 2 time M.V.P and Cavs. It just seems like mission impossible at this point. This is going to be a tough week to stomach for Raptors fans. But that may not be nearly as tough as the off-season that lies ahead.
Safe to say Bryan Colangelo has a heck of a challenge in front of him and if he some how is able to look good on the other side of this it would be amazing. Sign and Trades are nice but seriously find me the example where a team trading it's best player via that method has lead to success. Off the top of my head I can't think of one.