Bosh doesn't get T.O. fans

Heat power forward Chris Bosh stands at the free throw line during a game against the Utah Jazz on...

Heat power forward Chris Bosh stands at the free throw line during a game against the Utah Jazz on November 9, 2010. (NATHANIEL S. BUTLER/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:33 PM ET

MIAMI — Nine games into his life in the biggest fishbowl he has ever been in, Chris Bosh is coping with his new reality but still can’t understand the hatred and resentment directed his way from Toronto.

Bosh said it is impossible not to be aware how the Miami Heat are being regarded around the league. It is the new beasts on the block and unless you’re in Miami, chances are you want to see them fail.

While some of the opinions he hears about his new team anger him because they are being based solely on nine games worth of play, it is the after-the-fact treatment he is getting in Toronto that seems to upset him most.

His biggest annoyance?

“I would say me having to call Toronto every month and be like, ‘No, that didn’t happen, I didn’t say that, I didn’t mean that.’ I think that’s kind of frustrating at times because at no time did I want to be an enemy of any sort.’

“If you move on and make a business decision, you move on,” Bosh said. “It’s no bigger or no smaller. I can understand why people wouldn’t want to see me go but what’s done is done. I don’t want people to say anything bad about me, I don’t think I did anything to make anybody feel angry.”

It’s at this point that the people that do hold a grudge against Bosh are spitting out their drink.

Has he already forgotten the fact that he tease/tweeted those same people on April 30th “Should I stay or should I go?”

Maybe Bosh thought he was having a little fun, using the social media to interact with his fans as he has been known to do. But that’s not the way it was received. Instead the backlash was immediate. People were insulted by the question. It was the equivalent of the school yard bully stealing the little girl’s hat and holding it just out of her reach while she repeatedly leaps to snatch it back.

The bully had no intention of letting the girl get the hat back. He just wants to see her making a fool of herself trying to get it just as Bosh had no intention of letting the paying public have a say in such a huge career decision for him.

It was childish and demeaning, but Bosh apparently doesn’t see it that way.

Bosh admits the treatment he is receiving from his former fans was predictable to a degree. He did, after all, see the Toronto fan base react to Vince Carter the way they have for the past five years.

“I wouldn’t be entirely surprised but at the same time, you do take it personally sometimes,” Bosh said. “People were telling me ‘If you leave, they’re going to boo you’ and that was like the first thing people said. Yeah, it was always something to think about and we have to wait until February to see how the reaction is going to be.”

Actually, Bosh doesn’t have to wait. He knows what the reaction will be. Maybe by then he’ll have figured out that it’s not just the fact that he left that ticked people off. It was the way he did so.

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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