It must be tough to be a Toronto fan right now in any sport.
The Maple Leafs haven’t made the playoffs in four years (second only to the Phoenix Coyotes), the Argonauts are 2-3 and had a problem with on-field personnel until they traded Arland Bruce away, and the Blue Jays have dropped a bunch of games after a hot start, so much so they went from near the top of the league to fourth in their division.
Then there’s the Raptors. With NBA superstar Chris Bosh a free agent next year, Raptors management had to show Bosh that the team could be a contender.
That might be easier said than done. They’ve only made the playoffs twice in the past seven seasons, and every time they seem to make progress, they make a bad trade or signing and take a step back.
But this year, they’ve completely revamped their roster.
They have added Marco Belinelli, DeMar DeRozan, Reggie Evans, Jarrett Jack, Rasho Nesterovic, Hedo Turkoglu and Antoine Wright.
But will that be enough to keep Bosh? I don’t think so, and all because of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.
Because of the two of them also being free agents next year, a lot of teams are saving cap space to make a run at them. So what happens when teams lose out on them? To rebuild a roster, they’ll have to go after other players, such as Bosh. Would Bosh turn down a maximum contract to play in a place like New York if the Knicks don’t sign Lebron?
So if the Raptors lose Bosh, they’ll be screwed. They’ll be after building a team around someone who left, as opposed to building around a superstar who’s signed long-term.
The Raptors will be a different team on the court this year. But if they don’t do well, they’ll be a different team next year.