Bosh wants redemption

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Chris Bosh entered uncharted territory Wednesday night, but he did not enjoy the experience.

The Raptors star felt out of shape in the season opener on Wednesday for one of the first times, if not the first time, in his basketball career after missing half the pre-season with a heel problem and the disappointing results were predictable.

"I don't remember the last time (he felt like that)," Bosh said yesterday. "I haven't really been through anything like what I've been through right now. This is all new to me. Hopefully, it won't happy anymore."

Bosh reported improvement yesterday after a practice to prepare for the home opener tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Wednesday in New Jersey, Bosh had just 14 points and five fouls in 25 minutes.

"It slowed me because I didn't practise or play," Bosh said.

"It's not because of pain or because of an injury or anything like that. It's just a step slow because I haven't had a chance to be on the court, I haven't put in the time.

"It's hard at first, but that's the beautiful thing about the NBA, there's always a game tomorrow.

"I have a chance to redeem myself in front of the home crowd. Hopefully, that will give me a boost and I'll be a little quicker (tonight)."

STRETCHING IT OUT

Those around the team on a regular basis have noticed that rookie Andrea Bargnani stretches way more often than most other players.

Yesterday, as usual, his stretching session was a long one and he wasn't going to cut it too short so he could hustle to an autograph session with Bosh at First Canadian Place -- the pair was late as both put in overtime at practice.

So just why does the 7-footer feel the need for such a prolonged routine?

"I did it a lot of years in Italy and now I have to do it all the time," Bargnani said. "Otherwise, the next day I'm a bit tight. I feel better when I do stretching."

BRIEFLY

A sellout of 19,800 is expected at the home opener. The team failed to fill all the seats for last season's home debut ... The home opener marks the start of a four-game homestand.


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