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Chris Bosh, Do Yourself a Favour and Stay in Toronto

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 16:  Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors attempts to drives past Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on December 16, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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This offseason, Chris Bosh is an unrestricted free agent. Betcha didn't know that!

He's part of a group on what should be an epic free agency class, including LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Joe Johnson, and tons of others. The person who most people predict to leave their respective team out of that group is Chris Bosh.

But if he were smart, he wouldn't.

What people don't understand is that Bosh actually likes it here in Toronto. He's a national icon, and the Raptors can offer him more than any other team.

But when you look at the big picture, those are just a few small reasons. The Raptors could very well have the best GM in the league, or at least the most active. If Bryan Colangelo doesn't like something, he'll fix it.

Bosh is the type of player who wants to win, and he'll find that there aren't many other GMs that are as competitive as Colangelo. When was the last time the Knicks made the playoffs?

The Raptors currently sit at fifth in the East, with a 31-24 record. That's above average, and almost at the level of a contender. Since December, they have been one of the best teams in the league. The Raptors are a very capable team, and Bosh has the pieces around him to be successful, and eventually go to the Finals.

A few days ago, there was an article on NBA.com, which was an interview with Bosh. Bosh even said himself, that he doesn't expect the major free agents to move.

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"It can go either way. I think there's going to be a shift anyway because there's a lot of free agents in 2010. But the main guys that everybody talks about, I think it's a very strong possibility.

"When it comes down to it, that's where you're comfortable, that's where you're from. Well, technically. It's where you started your career. It's always a very important thing," said Bosh.

Could this be Bosh speaking for himself and giving us a sign of his future?

I sure hope so.

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