Contract in mail for Bosh?

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Raptors star Chris Bosh will find out Sunday whether he has a chance to play for the United States at the 2006 world championship and the 2008 Olympics.

USA Basketball has confirmed it will unveil its 25-man roster -- featuring 22 NBA players and three younger players -- Sunday on ABC's NBA telecast.

USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo already has talked to Bosh about his interest and the Raptors forward said he was more than happy to make the three-year commitment.

The buzz around the league is that Bosh will be part of the U.S. national team.

USA Basketball will cut its roster for the 2006 worlds in Japan, but the players who do not make the trip will remain eligible for the Olympics.

Colangelo told the Rocky Mountain News contracts have been mailed to 22 NBA players.

PRAISE FOR BOSH

Speaking of Bosh, the Dallas Mavericks were quick to commend the Dallas native after his outstanding double-double in a 115-113 overtime loss Saturday.

"To me, he's already pretty special," Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News.

"He has got that little face-up jumper from 18 feet pretty consistent. And for a big guy, he has got a heck of a first step.

" He's going to be a great player in this league."

Mavs guard Darrell Armstrong has noticed a drastic difference between Bosh, the rookie, and Bosh, the third-year player.

"That young fellow has improved so much," Armstrong said.

"I didn't realize he could shoot the ball like that. The sky's the limit for him. Chris is the head of that snake for that team."

FREQUENT FLYER MILES

The Raptors play their home games at the Air Canada Centre, but they should be collecting a good chunk of American Airlines points.

In a rare doubleheader, the Raptors played Saturday at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas against the Mavericks and play tonight at the American Airlines Arena in Miami against the Heat.


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