Bosh: "I never checked out on the Raptors"

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS — Of the things said and written, the one bit of information Chris Bosh denies is the notion that he mentally checked out last season.

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo maintains something went askew after last season’s all-star break, which was held in Bosh’s native Dallas.

At the time, the Raptors were contending for homecourt in the post-season, but it would quickly vanish.

Bosh sprained an ankle in a heartbreaking home defeat to Memphis, setting the stage for a downward spiral that led to the Raptors missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.

“It was disappointing to me because you know what you did,’’ Bosh said of Colangelo’s claim.

“You know it’s a hard job to play every night, especially with the things I was dealing with at the time. It was very tough. I competed every night when I was out on the court when I was healthy.

“Even when I wasn’t 100%, I gave it my all. With me knowing that, I don’t have to worry about what people have to say.

“I’ve never, ever checked out of anything.”

When Bosh returns to the ACC Wednesday for the first time since his move to Miami, one of the first memories will be of a missed layup attempt.

In his final home game as a Raptor, Bosh scored 42 points in a 113-112 loss to Golden State on April 4.

Bosh could have extended Toronto’s three-game win streak, but he couldn’t convert after Sonny Weems kept an inbounds play alive.

“Man, I remember that,’’ Bosh lamented as he prepared for his return to Toronto


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