Well, this is certainly interesting, isn’t it? Once again, the city of Toronto finds itself in basketball hell. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The performance of the team is brutal, nobody knows who is leading, nobody knows if the star player will stay and well, the fans continue to fill the shed. good times huh?

Fascinating article in today’s National Post on the state of the Raptors, but I’ll get to that in a minute. First our friends at ESPN you know ESPN the network that our protectionist brothers and sisters at Heritage Canada don’t want us to watch for totally absurd reasons to me anyway one of your basketball guys has an interesting take on Mr Raptor, Chris Bosch. Bill Simmons in his annual review of the MVP candidates lists Bosh as 37th… Here’s what he has to say:

“37.Chris Bosch

From my 2005 Business Value column: “The runaway winner of the 2005 Shareef Abdur-Rahim Award, given annually to a tantalizing young star on a losing team everyone assumes will keep getting better, when the reality is that it is already close to touching its ceiling, and his numbers look so good mainly because he was playing 35-40 minutes a game on a bad team. Remember I told you this when Bosh is making $15 million a year on a 22-win Toronto team five years from now, and is the subject of 370 trade rumors before the 2009 draft. “Just call me Nostrasimbo.”

Well Nostraimbo, here we are! Isn’t it interesting that Brian Burke and now Simmons are starting to use the P-word when looking at player performance? In this case, P is for perspective. Burke used it when talking about Mikhail Grabovsky’s performance and salary requests and here Simmons used it to measure how good Bosh would be when he wrote this about 4 years ago.

As you know, I’m not a ball guy. However, it fascinates me tremendously when a guy took a chance almost 4 years ago and seems to be pretty spot on in his prediction.

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