This may be an unjustified rant, vitriolic garbage, perhaps all of the above. But after watching this, I seem to be developing a bitter taste in my tongue whenever I see or hear Bosh's name.
If you are too lazy to click the link, a Raptors insider says that Bosh is not interested to be the Robin to anyone's Batman. Let us assume there is no subterfuge behind that statement, so as to curtail the "You're too gullible" statements that I am sure some people will throw out. Edit: The video is no longer up, but I said and quoted for realsies.
There are cases in recent and not-so-recent history that either builds the statement as a successful formula for championship contention, or spells doom for the player and franchise.
I present to you 4 cases of power forwards who were given the "franchise player" tags, and their respective results:
Pau Gasol: Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, his draft rights were subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, where he flourished into the savvy vet we see today. Hailed as Rookie of the Year and amassing impressive stats (check his wiki, I am not going to spoon feed you), he led the Grizzlies to three playoff appearances, all ending in the first round: sweeps by San Antonio, Phoenix, and Dallas.
Kevin Garnett: Heart and soul of the Celtics triumvirate, he stayed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for 12 seasons, leading the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances, each ending in the first round save the last one, where they lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
Charles Barkley: Sir Charles is one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, but alas, his quest to hold the Larry O' Brien trophy was always foiled by Eastern elites during his tenure in Philadelphia, Michael Jordan while he was a Suns member, and the Utah Jazz during his stay with the Rockets.
Tim Duncan: The lone exception to the failed power-forward-centric team construct, Duncan has won 4 rings, all on odd years. His first came with the assistance of the other half of the Twin Towers, the Admiral, but the 3 recent ones were won with him as the focal point of the squad. Now chasing a 5th championship, another ring on his finger would certainly put him in the discussion of the greatest power forward in the history of the sport, if he is not already in that mix.
So as you can see ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to prognosticate Bosh's chance of capturing a championship with him as the focal point of his team based on the small sample I presented, the odds are not in his favor.
So if indeed this "inside source" is genuine in his statements, please Mr. Bosh, enjoy your first round exits with a smile. If you decide to stay in Toronto for 12 seasons, contrary to your belief that you are Batman, you will always be the Robin to Canada's golden boy, Sydney Crosby. You will always be a sideshow to the center stage attraction, to the most beloved sport of the majority of canucks, hockey. Eat your pride and choose your allegiance with the Flash or the King (most preferably with the King), lest you be labeled as "First Round Fodder" for the majority of your career.
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