Chris Bosh is back in Toronto. Where is Charles Oakley when you need him?

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.

No heart!

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.

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Does Anyone Care What LeBron Thinks?

Does anyone really care what LeBron James thinks about what is best for the NBA? I sure as hell don’t.

The self-appointed “King” who has tarnished his crown by moving to the Heat is thinking like a selfish rich boy when he stated that the NBA would be better off if there were less teams.

Less teams means less of an opportunity to see you, LBJ, how else can your legend grow because outside of Miami, you’re not the most loved overpaid athlete in the world…

Are you thinking that your team of “all-stars” would be able to beat other teams of all-stars and that you could be the man if this were to happen? Hey James, news flash… I watched you in the playoffs, in high-pressure games and you, umm, didn’t deliver.

But step back, LBJ and look at what you need to be a team. You need all the guys working together in the same system helping each other succeed. Oh, that’s a new concept to you. It’s okay. You’ll learn. So tell supporting contraction you are essentially okay if 30, 60 or 120 of your brothers lose their jobs. Who needs teams in Minnesota, or New Jersey, heck or in Toronto. It’s all about what will make you look good.

For probably the 5th or 6th time on this blog, I’m going to have to say it again. LeBron… Your gift is being able to play basketball. That’s all. Please shut up and play. Don’t tell anyone how to run a billion dollar industry. If you wanted to do that, then you should have stayed in school, got your MBA or LLB and worked on the corporate side. It’s not so easy to say, let’s contract. It’s actually selfish and self-centered… Oh… I get it.

My bad.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/lebron_says_contraction_would_be_Zn5W0uyFnTp0pI50ERsp6K

Chris Bosh, formerly of the Toronto Raptors

Let me begin by stating publically that I’m not sure if I can drink my large double, double from Tim Horton’s so long as they have a picture of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats logo on it.

I know the first Timmy’s opened there, but come on! Toronto… Double Blue… AAArrrGGGoooosssss!!!

Now, basketball…

So LeBron James had decide to speak… First he somehow thinks it is a good idea to hold a press conference and tells the world how great he is – in the middle of prime time TV slot, with the interview taking place in a boys and girls club. No sympathy points won here buddy.

Then he shuns his former team by saying how much he did for them.

At this point, I’m thinking he’s the biggest (richest) a**hole in the world.

Then…

He goes on Larry King live – interviewed in the courtyard of his palatial estate in front of an elaborate water fountain, and tells Larry how great he is, how big his house is and again how great he is.

I’m thinking, now I know he’s an giant (stinking rich) a**hole.

Then…

He talks about his mom and how she had him when she was just 16 and how he doesn’t know how she did it. As a father of three kids in my late 30’s I’m not sure how she did it either. He went on to say that his motivation to be the best player in the world and to do the right thing is because of her.

Awwww.

While I still want the Heat to lose every game, I’m softening my stance on the whole LBJ thing.

I’m also softening my stance on the collusion aspect where other league execs are calling on the NBA to investigate how the Heat could re-sign Wade, and sign Bosh and James.

I mean come on. The Heat must have arranged this over a year ago for them to be able to draw up and execute their plan to dump contracts and make room for these guys. If Bosh, Wade and James go elsewhere, the Heat have 4 guys signed for the 2010/2011 campaign. That would be crazy… But… While that did seem suspicious, the Knicks and Nets pretty much did the same thing. I’m also sure the Bulls had room. These teams cleared up cap space and took a run at these 3 free agents who had apparently decided years ago they were all going to play together. With that, do NOT believe when any of these guys utter the phrase, “I was strongly considering staying in [insert city Toronto or Cleveland here]”. No you were not! You wanted to be wined and dined by other teams in order to experience the free agent feelings but you were gone years ago. Both Bosh and LBJ would be respected had they said all along this was the plan, instead of leading on the other cities and the fans.

But how much would I have laughed if LBJ announced that he was joining the Toronto Raptors… We have a monarchy in Canada, so “King James” could have met Queen Elizabeth who is on tour right now in Toronto. What would CB4 have done?

So being a basketball fan, but not a diehard fan, I am a bit surprised when I hear that the Raptors will be okay and possibly compete for a playoff spot as a result of the acquisitions they made after CB. They sucked with him… and to think they might contend for a playoff spot without him makes me wonder what Miami is getting… Will he ever touch the ball there?