Raptors' braintrust beware.
Chris Bosh, the team's one legitimate star, the player the franchise hopes to build a winner around some day, is starting to get fed up.
As the losses continue, Bosh appears to be falling into a funk, at least off the court.
Statistics-wise, the third-year forward is still bringing it every game, averaging 22 points and over nine rebounds. But his demeanor is changing. He is smiling less and there is an obvious sense of frustration building. That was evident yesterday after Toronto's 107-80 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Bosh collected 22 points and seven boards, but left the game in the fourth quarter looking as if he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
"I always get the same question: Are we getting better? Are we getting better? It's the same thing everyday, the same thing I said last game and the game before that," Bosh told the media. "It's the same frustration."
"You just get tired of losing," he added.
Already there has been talk of Bosh jumping ship after his contract expires following the 2007-08 season - if the Raptors haven't begun to win by then. Bosh has said the right things about staying in Toronto, but he certainly isn't a happy camper right now. His coach, Sam Mitchell, worries about the lanky power forward.
"I ask him every day how he's doing and every day he says he's okay. I know he's lying," Mitchell said.
"Every day I watch this kid come to work and my respect for him just grows because when you have a season like this, it's easy to try to quit and succumb to it. But to his credit he hasn't," Mitchell said. "What else going to ask Chris to do? I ask him to get rebounds, I ask him to score points, I ask him to block shots, I ask him to take charge, I ask him to pass out of the double team, and he tries to do those things every night."
Now, all he needs is for someone else to do that.