Bosh can lead

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

Raptors star power forward Chris Bosh was nearly inconsolable after his team lost to the Bulls on Saturday night, 110-97, and were eliminated from the playoffs for the third straight year.

But head coach Sam Mitchell believes that 21-year-old rising star will soon become the type of leader to guide whatever team he is playing for to many playoff appearances.

"My heart goes out to him. The kid wants to win," Mitchell said.

"But what do you tell him -- just keep plugging away.

I tell him 'what don't kill you makes you stronger.'

"It's tough for him, because I'm on him all the time and I feel bad for getting on him because I have to ask him to do everything," Mitchell added.

"He has to rebound, score, block shots, he's got to help and recover. He has to do everything. And I think he's getting frustrated.

"I tip my hat to him every night," the coach added.

"The kid tries hard, he battles ... you just have to keep plugging away. Chris is 21 years old, he has a lot of resilience in him.

"We he have to do our job and surround Chris with better talent."

The normally laid-back Bosh admitted after the Chicago game that he was fit to be tied after the loss, but said missing the playoffs again will just make him that much hungrier for next season.

"I'm not going to give up," he said.

"We're going to keep working and get better for the future.

I know I have to play well for this team to have a chance to win."

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