Bosh gets no love from NBA fans

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Bosh does not feel like a forgotten man, despite suggestions to the contrary.

In the Indianapolis Star yesterday, an article comparing the Raptors and Indiana Pacers stated: "Chris Bosh would likely get serious all-star consideration if he wasn't playing in Toronto."

The insinuation is that Bosh is not getting the recognition he deserves around the NBA because he is playing in the hinterlands of Canada.

Actually, the writer of the article, Mike Wells, has a legitimate point. Bosh is ninth among Eastern Conference forwards in all-star voting (146,395), which has to be considered a slap in the face given the season he is having. The third-year Raptor is in the top-15 in points (22.2), rebounds (9.4) and double-doubles (14). LeBron James is the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference forwards with 1,150,920.

Meanwhile, players having lesser seasons, including the oft-injured Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic and Indiana's Ron Artest (who is not playing at all), have received more votes than Bosh.

The starters for the all-star game, to be held Feb.19 in Houston, are selected by the voting public and it's a sure bet that Bosh will not get to the game via that route. It's likely, however, that he will get picked to play by NBA coaches, who select the rest of the participants. Bosh insisted he does not feel slighted by the lack of votes.

"I don't really care about that stuff," he said. "It is what it is."

Bosh isn't convinced that his relatively low vote total is the result of playing in Canada.

"People have their own opinions about that," he said. "I have yet to form one. But Vince (Carter) played up here and he led the all-star voting more than once."

Bosh was somewhat taken aback when told he was ninth in the East, among forwards only. But he doesn't care how he gets to Houston, just that he gets there.

"It's one of my goals," he said, "so I'm sure if we win some games and I keep having success, I'll have a good shot at it."


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