With every Raptors loss, and that’s now 14 and counting, the spectre of Chris Bosh winding up in another jersey next year looms large.
And while Bosh and Cleveland’s LeBron James have opted to decline comment on their NBA futures with free agency around the corner this summer, Miami’s Dwyane Wade has opted for a different route acting as the wanna-be 2010 recruiter.
Wade’s Heat, unlike the Raptors, have the cap room not only to bring Wade back but add as many as two other free agents from a class that potentially includes those three as well as the likes of under-appreciated Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson. The Raptors are not in the same boat. It’s Bosh, if they choose that route, and little else.
So it was interesting to see Wade quoted in yesterday’s Miami Herald suggesting the status quo might be the safer bet when it comes to superstars staying or going this summer.
“I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Not at all,” Wade told the Herald. “I know everyone has something special in their hearts for their organizations. You’ve been here for seven years. You can’t have nothing but love for the city that you’re in, nothing but love for the organizations.”
But that doesn’t mean Wade won’t continue to give it the college try.
“We’re all boys,” Wade said. “It’s no secret that we’re all going to sit down again and talk about it.”
No slam dunk
DeMar DeRozan may yet wind up taking part in the NBA Slam Dunk competition but the decision of who will or won’t be competing is still weeks away.
There’s no question of the Raptor rookie’s interest in the event. He has been talking about the possibility since the Raptors drafted him ninth overall last June.
An erroneous report earlier this week that DeRozan had confirmed his participation was a case of the player saying one thing and the writer hearing another.
In the hunt
The first results of fan balloting for the Feb. 14 NBA all-star game in Arlington, Tex., are in and two Raptors are among the top three at their positions. Chris Bosh trails LeBron James and Kevin Garnett in voting at forward while Andrea Bargnani sits third behind Dwight Howard of Orlando and Shaquille O’Neal of Cleveland at centre.
Both, though, are well back with Bosh some 230,00 votes behind Garnett in second and Bargnani almost 140,000 votes back of O’Neal. Bosh is looking for his fourth all-star appearance while Bargnani has never been voted in.
Around the rim
Bosh and Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki are the only two NBA players averaging more than 20 points a game and fewer than two turnovers. Bosh came into the season with a career average of 2.2 turnovers a game and has cut that down to 1.8 .... Less than a week after a team meeting to discuss better communication and more accountability, Raptors head coach Jay Triano was making excuses for one of his players again the other night. Marco Belinelli has been inconsistent coming off the bench lately and Triano appeared to be giving him a pass after the Milwaukee game when he said: “The way I play him, it’s my fault. If I don’t get him in early enough, I just don’t feel like he gets into a flow.”