Bosh has lofty goal

In his three seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Chris Bosh has yet to play an entire season,...

In his three seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Chris Bosh has yet to play an entire season, although he fell just one game short during the 2004-05 campaign. (Toronto Sun File/Greg Henkenhaf)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Chris Bosh already has been selected as an NBA all-star and played for Team USA at the world championship, but he has one major individual goal remaining.

To be able to play an entire 82-game NBA season.

Of course, Bosh's first priority as a player is to help his Raptors qualify for the playoffs and, eventually, win an NBA championship -- as unlikely as that may seem right now.

The Raptors have not qualified for the playoffs during Bosh's four-year tenure with the team.

But on the individual side, Bosh feels it is important to demonstrate he has what it takes, that he is tough enough, if you will, to be able to plow through a complete season, even if he is banged up and bruised, which he is right now.

Bosh, who has 14 double-doubles in 18 games this season (tied with Carlos Boozer for second in the NBA) scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds in a 95-91 loss in Cleveland on Wednesday night despite an infection his left eye, a sore right knee and a sore left heel.

In his three seasons with the Raptors, Bosh has yet to play an entire season, although he fell just one game short during the 2004-05 campaign, when he was unable to play against the Detroit Pistons because of a bruised lower back.

Essentially, the low-key Bosh wants to prove he is as tough as he his talented, and not a whiner like a former Raptors star player (although it should be noted he didn't say that.) Bosh also wants to set the tone for his teammates, that you have to be tough in every sense to be a winner.

"That's something I'd like to do, for the team and personally. Because all 82 games you're not going to feel your best, you're not going to feel like playing every game. You're not going to be 100%. That just says something about your will to play and your character," said the 22-year-old Bosh.

Bosh has to look no further than teammate Morris Peterson for inspiration.

Peterson set an NBA Ironman mark of 371 consecutive games played. The streak ended on Nov. 22 because of a partial tendon tear in his left elbow.

Peterson said it takes a combination of luck, keeping care of your body and toughness to play all 82 games in a season, and he believes Bosh has what it takes.

"Chris is a tough kid," Peterson said.

"I think if anybody can do it, it's him."

Peterson said there were times during his Ironman streak when he played when the team medical staff thought it might have been a good idea he didn't, recalling an incident two seasons ago when he twisted his ankle in Detroit, and needed help walking to the team bus from the lockerroom, but played the next night in New Orleans.

"After flying that night to New Orleans, I stayed up in (the trainer's) hotel room until 2:30-3 a.m. in the morning, getting treatment," MoPete said. "We didn't have shootaround that morning, so I was in the training room all day getting treatment, by the time game time rolled around, it settled down.

"It was still sore, but I wanted to play, I didn't want to miss the game."


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