Chris Bosh hears the message being chanted by the fans at the Air Canada Centre and is planning to oblige.
As the fourth quarter wound down last night in the Raptors' 113-103 victory over the Orlando Magic, the fans began chanting "MVP! MVP! MVP" every time Bosh touched the ball. He finished the game with a career-high 41 points, as well as eight rebounds and three assists.
Bosh is, of course, a big reason why the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors are 26-23 and fighting for a playoff spot. He is averaging 23.3 points and 10.6 rebounds, putting him in the top 15 in the NBA in both categories. As for a possible MVP title in the future, the man from Texas is bullish on his prospects.
"That's one of the goals I want to attain in my career but I have a long way to go," he said.
"But (the chants) are one of those things that will help prepare me for that goal. It made me feel good, it made me smile. I hope they keep it up."
Morris Peterson also believes the goal is attainable.
"I can see no reason why he couldn't be an MVP," he said of his 22-year-old teammate.
Head coach Sam Mitchell appreciated the chants as well, and is certain that it won't go to his star forward's head. Bosh isn't wired that way, for one thing, and the coach won't let it.
"We never want Chris to be satisfied," Mitchell said. "I think you guys hear some of the stuff I say to him. Very rarely do I tell him something good, and I'll find something (today) to get on him about, but he understands what I'm trying to do."