Winning is key to locking up Bosh

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The countdown to a long-term contract has begun for Chris Bosh.

The Raptors can begin speaking to Bosh about a long-term deal next summer and he can expect to be asked about the chances of signing with Toronto all season. Bosh is signed through the end of the 2006-07 season.

"It has to be in the back of my mind because that has to do with my future," Bosh said. "I'm always thinking about the future. But I (want to) make sure I take care of business right now, so I won't have to worry about it."

"That's what every player wants, a long-term contract, to be comfortable and to know where he's going to be the next few years.

"I'm looking forward to it."

Above all, Bosh has said repeatedly, he wants to win. If the Raptors don't do a little bit more of that this season, their chances of locking him up this summer won't be very good.

BE THERE, OR ELSE

If you don't have a ticket to the Raptors' pre-season opener Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, you're out of luck.

There is no live television or radio coverage of the game.

SOUNDS LIKE FUN

Raptors centre Loren Woods had an interesting daily training routine this summer in Florida.

"I was lifting weights, had nothing left, then I go outside, do a couple of sprints, can't breathe and almost pass out," he said.

"And then I go home and go to sleep."


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