Toronto Raptors Free Agent Chris Bosh: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Brad NortonCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  Chris Bosh #4 and LeBron James #23 of the Eastern Conference look on alongside Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Western Conference during the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 141-139 in regulation. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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There is a popular Clash song, entitled "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?" that we all sing along to every time we hear it on the radio. Well, that song has basically been the theme song for the possible crop of star NBA players who could become free agents at the end of this season.

People like Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer have expressed they would like to resign with their teams, where as players like LeBron James and Chris Bosh said they want to see where their respective team is headed at the end of the season.

Today, we're going to focus on Chris Bosh, who has played his seven year career with the Toronto Raptors franchise, which has never really been a steady playoff contender. Since the 1,838 days since the Raptors traded away Vince Carter, Chris Bosh has been the face of this franchise, breaking many Raptor franchise records.

Just like other franchise players, he's broken records, gets all the publicity, and gets all the endorsements...but one thing he's failed to do, unlike other franchise players, is go into a higher gear during the playoffs and take his team for a deep run into the post season.

LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade, and Steve Nash (just to name a few) have all led their teams to conference finals, conference championships (all except Nash), NBA Finals (all except Nash), and the Mecha—an NBA title (Dwayne Wade).

Chris Bosh has yet to get his team out of the first round after two chances, and has been a non-factor in playoff series—one of the reasons why he is not a good franchise guy. But what's really made me come to this conclusion is his comments recently.

The Raptors have struggled as of late, and when asked about it he responded by saying, "what you want me to do, get 40 or 50 points a night, get 20 blocks? That's not my game."

Now, of course nobody expects you to get 40 or 50 a night, or grab 30 rebounds and get 20 blocks a night. No, that's not the problem with this statement. What's wrong with it is that it doesn't sound like a guy giving 100 percent for his team every night.

Nobody expects you to get those numbers, but shouldn't you be trying to get as close as you can to those? Even if that's only 15 points, seven rebounds, and one block a night, at least you're giving it your all, right?

For example, Sonny Weems—you probably never heard of him, or think he's a bench warmer if you don't watch Raptor's games. Well, about a month ago he got 20 points and nine or 10 rebounds.

They interviewed him after the game and said to him, jokingly "They're going to expect 20 and 10 from you every night now." To which Weems responded by saying, "Well, I'm going to try to give it to them."

Now, he is only averaging six points and two rebounds a game, but, if you watch him play those roughly 17 minutes a game, he works his butt off and gives 100 percent the whole time.

Now, this is not to say Bosh won't give 100 percent, but has he done it during the Raptors' recent struggle coming out of the All-Star break?

I mean, really, you have to start questioning your star player when a team that finished it's last 35 games going into the All-Star break with a 24-11 record comes out losing 10 of their last 13 to go from six or seven games above .500 to .500, and from one of the hottest teams to one of the coldest.

To me, Bosh is a good player. I think with his new 250lb frame he can take it to that next level, but, it might be a case of too little too late to do that with Toronto.

Comments like the one above make you not want him, but game winning shots like the one earlier this week against Atlanta, and tonight's 36 point, eight rebound performance make you want him.

Some say he milked that ankle injury just to see how badly this team relied on him, and to make it look like an easier decision to leave if he leaves at the end of the season. Honestly, I don't even think Bosh knows what he's going to do.

I guess it's like Bosh said at the beginning of the season: "It's going to come down to the playoffs".


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