Toronto Raptors CB4: Better and Tougher Than B-4

Louis PisanoAnalyst INovember 15, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  (L-R)  Michael Redd #8, Jason Kidd #5, Chris Bosh #12, Chris Paul #13 and Carmelo Anthony #15 cheer from the bench in the gold medal game against Spain during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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By Louis “King of Roncesvalles” Pisano

He ain’t straight out of Locash, but he is the 6-10 forward out of Georgia Tech whom Raptors fans have been enamoured with since he was drafted in the first round, fourth overall, in 2003.

After a rigorous off-season of training in which Chris Bosh put on 15 pounds of muscle, the work has been paying dividends in this young season.

He sits in fifth in points per game at 28, and at 11.8 rebounds per game he stands third in the league on average.

He is the face of the Raptors franchise at this time, and in every Toronto fans prayers, the face in the future.

Brian Colangelo has brought in, brought back, twisted, and tweaked the roster to benefit Toronto’s original big three of Bosh, Bargnani, and Calderone.

Amongst those acquired were Bosh’s college roommate Jarrett Jack, who has fit in immediately, and Bosh’s energy and competitiveness has risen to a new level since his arrival.

The team, now with Hedo Turkoglu, Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli, Antoine Wright, Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, rookie sensation DeMar DeRozen, the return of Rasho Nesterovic, and, when cleared to play, Reggie Evans, has a completely different look than last year.

The additions of these players along with the continual progression of Bargnani down low has been nothing but beneficial to Bosh.

Having had the opportunity to play in the past with Team USA, also coached by Jay Triano, Bosh raised his game as well and as he continues to perfect the skills he learned from being around the great players on that team our Raptors are reaping the rewards.

CB4 wears his emotions his sleeve and has taken the leadership role by the reins, yet has been aided as it seems while watching the games by the veteran Reggie Evans, albeit off the bench for the time being.

Chris Bosh’s contract is up at the end of the year and Torontonians including myself would give our left arm to have him stay.

With all the pieces that have been put in place, the possibility remains that he will decide to stay a Raptor.



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