Whether Kevin Garnett was genuinely concerned about Chris Bosh or just trying to create a little mischief, the Boston Celtics star sure put his Raptors counterpart through the wringer yesterday.
Garnett, citing Bosh's frustration during Sunday's lop-sided loss, wondered if Toronto's captain would want to stay here beyond 2009-10, if the team didn't surround him with some talent to maximize chances for an NBA title.
Bosh handled the potentially sticky question with aplomb yesterday, re-affirming faith in the team and coach Sam Mitchell.
"I'm just worried about right now," Bosh said of potential free agency in two years.
"You can always try to plan for the future but you never know what is going to happen. I like the spot we're in, we still have a very good chance to be a good team.
"Sometimes it gets (maddening) when I know what we're capable of. That's the hardest part. It has nothing to do about where we're at now (6-7, losers of three of the past four games), but what we're capable of."
After watching a visibly upset Bosh slam a ball during a timeout on Sunday, Mitchell was not worried, saying he and Bosh have been through much worse than this .
"That wasn't too long ago," Bosh said of the ups and downs of the 2007-08 season. "But you keep coming to work, just being a pro. Do what you're supposed to do as a coach, what you're supposed to do as a player.
"Just shake everything else off. It's up to you to do something about it. No one else can do it for you."