Bosh snubbed on all-NBA teams

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Chris Bosh’s value in a potential sign-and-trade scenario has been decreased, his status among the game’s elite now in question.

The question that can’t be solved now and won’t be answered anytime soon is what can the Raptors possibly get in return if the face of the franchise decides to leave, which is getting closer and closer to being a done deal, as if it wasn’t obvious before to those who have an up-close look at the team.

When the league announced its three all-NBA teams on Thursday, Bosh’s name wasn’t on the list.

A five-time all-star, Bosh was playing at high level prior to this year’s all-star break, posting numbers that ranked Bosh among the game’s very best power forwards.

An ankle injury severely hampered Bosh in the post all-star break.

When he finally recovered, Bosh had a monster week late in the season, earning honours as the Eastern Conference player of the week.

As fate would have it, the recognition arrived days before his season-ending facial fracture in Cleveland.

It certainly would have helped the Raptors’ cause had Bosh been among the game’s top 15 players, a process conducted by members of the media.

It would have helped the Raptors’ chances of acquiring assets had Bosh been able to play down the stretch and had he been able to lift the team into the post-season.

If you scan the three all-NBA teams, each player was on a playoff team. Andrew Bogut (elbow) was hurt for Milwaukee and did not see any playoff action.

Maybe Thursday’s omission reinforces the widely held theory that Bosh, while good, is best cast in a subordinate role playing alongside a dominant player.

Bosh views himself as a franchise guy worthy of max money, which is why he has expressed a willingness to work side by side with the Raptors in a sign and trade.

Regardless of whatever tweet gets posted by Bosh or any misinformation circulated by misguided media outlets, people should not lose sight of the fact that a change for Bosh and the Raptors is what’s necessary.

This feeding frenzy serves no purpose, Bosh’s tweets merely reveal a longing to be in the spotlight and an insecurity that doesn’t make him unique in today’s sporting culture.

Whether Bosh is manipulating the process or if it’s the work of his handlers is irrelevant.

What’s relevant is determining his lot in the NBA food chain and his worth to the Raptors.

That is why Thursday was not a good day for Bosh’s ego and nor was it a good day as far as the Raptors should be concerned in parlaying an asset into something tangible.

All-star teams are picked by positions, but there’s no consideration given to whether a player is a small forward or plays at power forward.

The first team is made up primarily of perimeter players with Dwight Howard anchoring the middle.

Amar’e Stoudemire plays at centre with Phoenix, even though his true position is at power forward.

Tim Duncan starts at centre for San Antonio, but he made the third team at power forward.

Pau Gasol had 14 more votes than Bosh to join Duncan and Bogut on the third team.

Gasol went from being the guy to a No. 2 guy when he was traded to the Lakers.

It didn’t hurt Gasol and it certainly won’t hurt Bosh.

Lost in translation

Marco Belinelli had a season to forget in his first season as a Raptor.

But contrary to reports, it wasn’t his last.

Talk had the swingman returning to Europe, a notion Belinelli dismissed when he told a newspaper in his native Bologna, Italy, that he would return to Toronto next season.

“I will play in NBA next season," Belinelli told Il Corriere di Bologna.

Belinelli averaged 7.1 points and had 10 DNP-CDs.

On nights when the Raptors could have used Belinelli’s shooting, head coach Jay Triano went with other players.

“I have talked with the coach at the end of the season and assured me he will count on me for the next year,’’ Belinelli was quoted as saying.


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