Last night’s Raptors game, wherein they squeezed out a win over the Atlanta Hawks, played out like an awkward date at the end of a once passionate relationship. After Bosh scored his 10,000th NBA point and became the first Raptor ever to reach that milestone, the crowd showed its love with a standing ovation. Bosh, chillingly, didn’t respond.
Basically, it went down like this:
Toronto: I love you, Chris. Maybe we should talk about spending our lives together.
Bosh [looking awkwardly at menu]: I wonder if the prix fixe comes with a drink.
Speculators are taking Bosh’s cool reception of praise as confirmation that the power forward will be leaving T.O. at the end of the season, when he becomes a free agent. Aside from winning the game with a free throw, Bosh’s performance had been a little lacklustre all night. According to the Star:
If…you watched almost everything up until the final throes, you had to wonder about the timing when the PA announcer promoted the latest sale at the in-house merchandise store: Bosh jerseys are currently going out the door at a discount. The cut rate, officially, was “in celebration” of Bosh’s milestone. Or maybe it was an educated bit of inventory control.
We feel an awkward relationship status change may be in the offing.
• Timely Swish and Milestone for Bosh [Toronto Star]