Bosh shoots from lip

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

It has become a rite of spring, an opportunity to address the home faithful and thank it for its support.

As the Raptors closed out the home portion of the regular season last night, franchise player Chris Bosh took the microphone before the opening tip and asked the crowd to continue to show its support as the post-season looms.

Since Toronto was granted an NBA club back in 1995, a team executive or star player has addressed the audience.

Of all the previous moments, none quite had the raw emotion that greeted Glen Grunwald following Toronto's embarrassing 16-win season in 1997 when he was booed at midcourt at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The current version has played in front of sold-out crowds on most nights, but it's debatable how much of a home-court edge Toronto has enjoyed.

In winning 47 games last year, the Raptors went 30-11 at home. This year, the team suffered its 12th home loss on Feb. 29.

MEMORIES OF MISERY

The original voice of the Raptors, Canada's own Mike Inglis, called every game during the team's wretched 16-66 season.

As the radio voice of the Miami Heat, Inglis has been forced to watch a team that is threatening to break the club's 1988 expansion record for futility (15-67).

PAT ON THE BACK

Recently named Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley was acknowledged during a timeout. Fans warmly cheered Riley as Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell stood to pay Riley his proper respect.

TV TIMEOUT

Details have yet to be ironed out, but TSN or The Score will carry the Raptors during their post-season run.


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