Bosh awaits USA's call

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

Chris Bosh continues to wait for Jerry Colangelo's call.

The Raptors star forward said yesterday he has not talked to the man in charge of selecting the United States national team for the 2006 world championship and 2008 Olympics since Toronto was in Phoenix for a game against the Suns in November.

"I'm sure he's busy collaborating with other guys on the selection process," Bosh said. "When the time is right, I'm sure he'll contact me."

Bosh told Colangelo in November he is willing to make the three-year commitment to the program that the Phoenix Suns CEO/chairman is demanding. It is believed Colangelo, who has said he has interest in Bosh, will name about 20 players for a summer camp around the all-star break next month.

Several players have come out and said they will be a part of the program, the latest being Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic this week.

NO LOVE FROM FANS

Speaking of Bosh, he remains a lowly ninth in all-star voting among Eastern Conference forwards, despite a campaign by the Raptors to garner support. With balloting coming to a close tomorrow, Bosh will end up in ninth and need the coaches to vote him in for a spot at the game in Houston Feb. 19.

WESTERN WOES

The Raptors entered last night's game against the Seattle Supersonics having lost 13 games in a row on the West Coast (two or more time zones away). Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has a simple explanation for that trend.

"It's a time change, you've got the travel and most teams don't play well on the road, anyway," Mitchell said. "I watch every NBA game I can because I want to see do other people have the struggles we have sometimes ... You look at the league and there are really only two teams that don't have those struggles on the road. Detroit and San Antonio.

"But everybody else, as good as they look at home, you put them on the road and then you put them on the West Coast or Texas, and you're like 'Is that the same team we just played.' "


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