No sympathy for the down and out

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

There is little sympathy in professional sports.

Perhaps even less in the NBA.

The 2-25 New Jersey Nets might be on their way to the all-time worst record in NBA regular season history, but there was no one in the Raptor locker room feeling anything but good about the beating the hosts laid on them last night.

After all, when a team is down and out, it feels good to keep your heel on their collective throat.

Chris Bosh admitted he can relate to what the Nets are going through right now having been through a similar ugly stretch with the Raps in 2005-06 when the team won just five of it's first 25 games.

Toronto would go on to win just 27 games that season.

Having been there, with a team at the bottom, doesn't make Bosh any more sympathetic to the Nets' plight.

"I know what it's like," Bosh said. "It's tough.

"It's unfortunate those guys have to go through that but they are the only guys that are going to get them out of that hole so they have to stay with it."

Bosh said it was far more important for the Raptors to build off last night's 118-95 win, to thoroughly enjoy the victory, than worry about what is going on in New Jersey.

In other words, the Nets can take care of themselves.

"I hope this shows us what we can be if we really apply ourselves," Bosh said. "We know New Jersey is struggling right now but it's still the NBA.

"They're still a basketball team where everyone gets paid to do their jobs. It just feels good to get a win."

But feeling sorry for the Nets, feeling sorry for a team with two wins? Not Bosh.

"Nobody felt sorry for me," Bosh said. "It's part of the gig."


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