Bosh: distractions threw him off Raptors game

Chris Bosh admits that the distractions at the sorry end to his time in Toronto made it hard to...

Chris Bosh admits that the distractions at the sorry end to his time in Toronto made it hard to concentrate as the Raptors playoff chances were flushed away late last season. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese )

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:21 PM ET

TORONTO - BOSTON - Chris Bosh admits that the distractions at the sorry end to his time in Toronto made it hard to concentrate as the Raptors playoff chances were flushed away late last season.

“It was a distraction, it was a distraction the whole time,” Bosh said Tuesday at the TD Garden amid the circus of the Miami Heat pre-game shootaround in advance of the NBA season opener against the Celtics.

“It wasn’t like I was thinking about it. People put it into my head. Every day it was ‘What’s gonna happen, what’s gonna happen, what’s gonna happen.’

“It’s something you have to deal with and it’s probably going to affect you mental state because you have to deal with that every day. Because so many questions were coming and so many people were interested in what was going on, that played a factor in my concentration. I had to kind of block it out every day and that takes energy.”

As for Raptors’ general manager Bryan Colangelo’s claims that he “quit” down the stretch, Bosh wasn’t buying it.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Bosh said. “I know the truth, my family knows the truth, my teammates know the truth.

“It’s unfortunate that he said some stuff like that. But we were in the hole together. We tried our best to make that organization a good team.”

Bosh makes his celebrated debut with the Heat joining veteran Dwyane Wade and the most celebrated Miami newcomer, LeBron James.

Bosh referred to life with the Heat as being “a circus” and recognized they will play the villain in just about every city they visit. Making his first NBA start in a uniform other than the Toronto team that drafted him, Bosh knows attention and expectations will be much greater than in his seven years as a Raptor.

“We have to have each other’s back,” Bosh said. “We don’t expect everybody to love us. We don’t expect everybody to support what we’re doing. As long as we have fans in Miami and a couple of fans in every city, that’s all we need.”


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