Bosh seeing the light

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

If Chris Bosh has any thoughts of giving up the millions of dollars the Raptors are prepared to offer him this summer, he is keeping them to himself.

Toronto's all-star forward, who can sign a long-term extension with the Raptors -- and only the Raptors -- this summer, continues to show signs of doing just that.

In a wide-ranging interview yesterday, the injured third-year player (sprained thumb) spoke positively about the direction of the franchise and the hiring of president/general manager Bryan Colangelo.

"It's a little easier," Bosh said when asked about making his decision now that Colangelo is in charge.

"That hope thing, that's a doozy. Fans come to me all the time (saying): 'We hope, we hope you stay. We hope.' I'm like: 'Don't worry, man.' If this organization does what they're supposed to do, I'll do what I'm supposed to do."

While Bosh praised Colangelo's predecessor, Rob Babcock, in previous interviews, it is obvious he was impressed by the Raptors' hiring of the longtime Phoenix Suns GM.

"I think them getting Colangelo, a well-certified GM, he has a good reputation around the league and I'm sure he doesn't want to mess up that reputation," said Bosh, who will remain on the bench for the final two games of the season. "I think that was a very good move. That convinced me a lot."

Bosh doesn't think the Raptors are far away from being a playoff contender.

"Light at the end of the tunnel? It's so crazy because we're right there," Bosh said. "Every game, besides the (1-15) start, pretty much we were in it. We got beat, really beat good a few times, maybe like 10 times. Every other game is close."

Indeed, the Raptors have lost 11 games by three or fewer points, second most in the NBA.

But they have gone 1-9 without Bosh and just wiped out a 10-game losing streak with a victory on Friday night over a home-and-cooled-out Detroit Pistons team that was a shadow of its usual self.

On the bench, Bosh has noticed the Raptors do not have a go-to play to get them out of a slide.

"That could always help us," he said. "Sometimes with the lineup changes and them being able to pay more attention to Mike (James) and Mo (Peterson), we don't have that play sometimes."

The Raptors play their final home game of the season tonight against the Indiana Pacers. They conclude the schedule Wednesday in Chicago against the Bulls.


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