The Air Canada Centre was full of excitement on Friday night besides the obvious Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat match-up. ESPN was broadcasting the show bringing in the likes of Doris Burke and crew while Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams was sitting courtside. The night wasn’t about the game or ladies sitting courtside. It was all about the bromance.
The Heat are injury stricken and had just nine players dress for the game. They had their shorts handed to them by the Raptors 101- 81 and have now lost 7 of their last 8 games. Friday night also marked the 10-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s spectacular 81-point game against the Raptors. That historical event was getting more traction on social media than Adele’s new single on the radio.
With all of that being said you would think that there might be some hostility, exhaustion or frustration between the teams. Think again.
When Chris Bosh took his talents from the Raptors to Miami and joined Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, he didn’t leave a lot of happy Toronto fans. But it seems his friendship with his former teammates is still intact.
“Just seeing his work ethic. That was one of the things I loved about him when he came into this league. He wanted it, he wanted to be a very good basketball player and a great player eventually.” Bosh said about DeMar DeRozan after the Raptors loss. “He worked tirelessly and now to be able to see him control the game, his poise and the additions he has made to his game is fun to watch. I am very proud of him.”
Earlier in the day Wade also got in on the love fest saying that DeRozan “reminds me of me.” We all know Wade thinks he is a great player, and he is, so that is a huge endorsement, one DeRozan didn’t take lightly. “ That’s great. I mean, D-Wade is a hall of fame player and one of my favourite players growing up. I told him a couple years ago that I stole his pump fake from him. It’s a great compliment that he said that”
There were two moments that fans were not able to see after the game that showed that the players not only have respect for each other but they are in full-on bromances. Who doesn’t love bromances? The first moment happened when Bosh walked to the Raptors dressing room after the media interviews were done and Bosh, Lowry and DeRozan hugged it out.
The best moment from the evening happened when newly named 2016 All-Star Kyle Lowry was chirping DeRozan in his post game interview. When you watch the video, you can see Lowry and DeRozan are just one step away from getting BFF bracelets.
That’s the kind of camaraderie you want on a team. Take note, Carmelo Anthony.