Friday, 30 July 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (07/30/10)
"I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court. On the back of my jersey it says 'Bosh' ... The Boshes are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do, in our jobs and in life." Chris Bosh.
Former Toronto Raptors franchise player Chris Bosh has hit back at comments from his old GM Bryan Colangelo that he 'quit' early last season. The recently acquired Miami forward insists that he put his "heart and soul" into his time with the team. Colangelo claims CB4 "checked out" early last season. Although Bosh refutes this claim it's clear he wont think about booking a reservation in Toronto anytime soon. Despite his former teams managers unfriendly comments, Bosh still considers the fantastic city of Toronto (where he spent 7 years) home. When he returns to the Air Canada Centre with his two new best pals next season we will see whether he will be given the same below freezing, frosty reception Vince Carter gets each year. Things are getting real cold up north this summer.
Speaking of the Raptors (and another disgruntled team left by this Miami Heat supergroup), the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed former Raptor Joey Graham. The electrifying player will provide a much needed spark that this team has obviously lost, but he is more of a highlight player than an impact one. The Cavs need to bulk up like Grahams arms if there going to fulfill owner Dan Gilbert's promise of overcoming Miami. Mo Willimas cant do it on his own.
The Boston Celtics however look to really challenge Miami. They are adding more and more depth in this free agent market. They've signed former Lakers, Nuggets and Rockets swingman Von Wafer. Who was last seen on the big stage sporting a Mohawk and lighting up the Lakers at times in the 09 playoffs. Von can score off the bench and is a good replacement for Tony Allen who was recently snapped up by the Memphis Grizzilies.
In other free agent news it's decision time for Shannon Brown. Will it be 'Team LA' or 'Team New York' for this Slam Dunk dynamo. The Lakers would love to retain this guy who gives them depth and a jolt of energy off the bench but New York would also benefit from his presence where their trying to re-invigorate Madison Square Garden basketball. For Brown he's got two of the biggest cities and markets to choose from. Will he feel the 'California Love' or adopt a 'New York State Of Mind'? Both cities would be dream destinations for anyone, but one definitely has a better 'Ring' to it.
The biggest free acquisition of the Knicks, Amare Stoudemire has been spending time in Israel exploring his Hebrew roots. He's getting in touch with his roots from his mother's side of the family. Stoudemire is with his girlfriend on a week long trip and is "soaking it all in". This will come in handy playing for his new Knick team in New York which has the biggest Jewish population in the United States. Amare has begun studying Hebrew and is posting phrases on his Twitter page. Bet your liking this Knicks free agent move even more now hey Jon Stewart?