Bosh not a vote-getter

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

If Chris Bosh plays in the all-star game in Houston, he will not have to thank Raptors fans for helping him get there.

The first returns are in for NBA all-star fan balloting and the Raptors star ranks a lowly ninth among Eastern Conference forwards, more than 500,000 votes behind leader LeBron James (665,849) of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bosh has 83,303 votes, but maybe this shouldn't surprise anybody as Vince Carter was a popular vote-getter in seasons when the ex-Raptor spent much of his time on the injured list.

Carter's popularity has dropped this season as the New Jersey Net is third among guards, behind Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

LEADERS NEEDED

General manager Rob Babcock agreed with every word coach Sam Mitchell said about the team's lack of leadership ability Wednesday night.

"That's been an issue with our team since we've been here, that there hasn't been enough leadership in the locker room," Babcock said. Addressing the issue, of course, isn't a simple task.

"You can't go say 'You guys be leaders,'" Babcock said. "You can't do that. They've got to want to be a leader and they've got to have the ability and they've got to have the respect for their ability in order to be effective."

TRADE TALK

Yesterday was the day when teams could start trading players signed in the most recent off-season and Babcock continues to be involved .

"I wouldn't be surprised if some things happen, but I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't," Babcock said.

YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE

After Mitchell said he does not listen to sports radio, he was asked what, in fact, he does listen to on the way to work.

"The last thing I listened to on my truck coming into practice was two things," he said. "It was a sermon sent to me by the pastor of my church. And it was a Mariah Carey CD. "

SO WHAT WAS BETTER?

"The sermon, trust me. I'm not that stupid. The message from the minister was much better."


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