Chris Bosh makes his return to the ACC on Wednesday night, and unless you really hate Hedo Turkoglu, he is returning as public enemy number one in the T-Dot.
We all know the backstory that has led up to this night. The questionable comments, the “bad cable” controversy, getting called a fake tough guy by Kevin Durant. Bosh has emerged as one of the league’s most chastised players and tomorrow will not get any better.
The Raptors faithful have a strong reputation for booing returning players who left on bad terms. Dino Nation is extremely hard on Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady and it should be no different for Bosh.
But the question has been brought up, should Bosh be booed? After all he is the franchise’s leading scorer and did (nearly) all he could to make the Raptors a winner. Giving them a Atlantic Division title during his stay. If Bosh left on better terms he would undoubtedly be the greatest Raptor of all time, doesn’t that earn him a little respect?
This is what legendary Raptor announcer Chuck Swirsky thinks, and while his opinion surely counts and he makes a valid point, it just isn’t going to happen.
We believe he checked out, we read his comments, we saw his tweets, his lack of class during the free agency frenzy, his camera crew following his every move, his attention seeking.
If anyone thinks Chris Bosh doesn’t deserve what he is going to get tomorrow, they are on crack. He clearly has shown he doesn’t give a f*** about the fans who supported him through the thick and thin, and made excuses for his shortcomings every step along the way.
I don’t believe that the fans are entitled to anything more than respect, sports are a business, but they also are a passion and there are more people involved than just the participants. I don’t think crying about Chris Bosh and being completely obsessive about him is healthy, and most of my comments towards him are for entertainment, but showing a player that he is not forgiven is acceptable and nobody has the right to take that away from the fans and say it is wrong if they do such a thing.
Bosh earned respect during his stay here, but lost it the minute he started acting like an absolute clown about his departure, if he left with some dignity and showed us, the fans, some respect, I am sure the amount of jeers would be much smaller on Wednesday.
But he didn’t and the fans will get some sort of justice and have one more highlight in a nightmare of a season for a franchise that has been full of them.
And I have no problem with it.