So tonight is the night that Chris Bosh and his ego make their return to the Air Canada Centre as his Miami Heat play the sad sack Toronto Raptors.
What can I expect to see tonight?
I know what I would like to see tonight… Nothing like what happened when Bosh, James, and Wade returned to Cleveland to play the even worse Cavaliers. In that game, there were hugs, handshakes, high-fives, and the Cavs allowed LBJ to return and embarrass the Cav players and insult the fans who paid money to watch the team play that night and any other night prior.
It was a black mark for the league.
In today’s NBA with some team’s having one good player and a few team having 2 or 3 of them, there is nothing left to draw fans to the games. The rivalries are dead. If in that game the Cavs players refused to take part in the LeBron love-fest and play the game hard, they would have earned the respect of the fans of not only Cleveland but also the rest of the league.
Instead they sucked and went on to lose 26 in a row soon there after.
Which is exactly why tonight I want to see no hugs, no hi-fives, no helping anyone up after a foul. I want to see Canadian basketball… Play the Heat hard, treat this game like it matters for the fans of Toronto AND the fans of Cleveland. I want to see someone on the Dinos step up and knock one of these Heat on their ass and take no prisoners.
I know doing this may result in a lopsided score but at least it tells Bosh – he is not going to be welcomed back with open arms tonight and it will tell that blowhard James to keep his mouth shut and not to comment on anything to do with Toronto. I’ve commented on how LBJ feels he is entitled to comment on things Toronto and things NBA because he is one of the best players, but deep down inside he’s just another kid with a high-school education who can play a game very well. He should leave the talking to those who know something.
But all of this is just a dream.
There is no Charles Oakley, or even Rafael Arroujo who are going to destroy Bosh as he swoops in for a dunk, not is a player like the very tattooed Ed David going to step in to one of the Heat.
Instead, they will hug at the beginning of the game, at the end of the game and during the game the Raptor players will watch the Heat destroy them and Bosh, LBJ, Wade and Co will leave Toronto with a perceived notch in their belts having taught the Raptors a lesson like they did to the Cavaliers.
Boo on the NBA for allowing all this “love” before a game. It cheapens the event and sets the tone the game is going to played by a bunch of rich dudes just collecting their pay checks.
I’m not saying allow fighting like they do it other sports – ahem – NHL, but man, could some Raptor leave tonight as the hero to the City, the Country and even to fans of NBA teams upset by the hijinks of the Miami Heat. These guys made a mockery of the leagues free agent process, they want the spotlight on their egos all the time and the trash-talk and put down Toronto management – saying the team didn’t want to win.
If I was playing tonight, I would pour water into the chalk LBJ tosses into the air, or crazy glue… Something to stop the “King LeBron” show before it starts. Do I come to see this man, excuse me, boys act? Nope. I want to see a game.
But it won’t happen… Not tonight.
It’s going to be too painful to watch for me. When I play sports I take pride in my team and I play to win – within the rules – but hard each and every second I’m out there. I do it for free. These guys are getting paid BIG bucks to do it. They should do it for the team, for the City and most importantly for themselves.
After tonight Raptors management will know for sure who wants to be here and who is just collecting a paycheck.
Cavs management must have been horrified after their experience.
I fear we are going to experience the same.