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Cybulski: Bosh's departure all too familiar for Raptors' fans

James Cybulski
7/7/2010 9:23:04 PM
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It comes as no surprise that Chris Bosh has left Toronto.

It has become a tradition almost every five years or so that a Raptors' star bails on the franchise and the city. Damon Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and now Bosh.

I totally get why Bosh would want to leave. He spent seven seasons in Hogtown making just 2 appearances in the playoffs. He has an opportunity to join a proven winner alongside Dwyane Wade (and maybe someone else?), and Miami is much warmer in January than it is in Toronto. He'll have a chance to be Robin to Wade's Batman, or attempt to be the East coast version of Pau Gasol.

Where I take exception with Bosh is his lack of respect to the Raptors' organization and the fan base that has supported him from Day One. For Bosh to tweet all about his wining and dining experiences, while leaving an organization to twist in the wind like he did is simply wrong.

It's great that many NBA stars have used Twitter as a social network to offer opinions and speak with fans, but CB4 didn't handle his business the right way.

This NBA free agent class has made a mockery of the system treating it like a high school signing day with NCAA schools. Having exclusive shows on national television to announce where you're going is silly.

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy described Bosh as Wade's "lap dog" the way he followed the Miami star around during the courting process and felt that Wade, Bosh and Lebron James were more concerned about building their brands rather than focusing on being a player.

"You don't hear Kobe Bryant and certainly not Kevin Durant talking about their brand. They don't. I hear that from the other guys. I don't hear those guys talking about their brand, they're simply basketball players who want to be great players and win games."

Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo has every right to not do a sign and trade with Miami which would cost Bosh $30 million dollars, but the downside is that his track record in Toronto has been less than stellar and coming away with nothing might be tough to swallow.

In the end, Canada's only NBA team takes another swift kick to the basketballs as another hero says thanks but no thanks to Toronto.

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