Ya know, fans are absolutely amazing. It's day two of all this bantering about my report that Chris Bosh wants out of Toronto and you'd think I reported the All-Star forward committing a crime.
For the last time, I'll repeat what I reported: Bosh wants out of Toronto. He's not about to admit it because he's still in Toronto and doesn't want to bring unnecessary stress to his life. His agent, Henry Thomas, knows this to be true. So does Bryan Colangelo, despite his public denials. And I have absolutely no problem with them because --- guess what, people? -- they're doing exactly what they're suppose to do.
If Bosh were to publicly express his desire to leave town, how exactly will that ingratiate him with the Raptors' fans he'll have to play in front of until he's traded? And how exactly would it benefit Colangelo if Bosh' desire to leave was verbalized by Bosh or anyone from the Raptors' organization? At the very least it would make life difficult for Colangelo, who no doubt is always working the phones diligently to try and improve his team. The same could be said for Thomas, who's job it is to facilitate best-scenario situations for his client.
So to all those people who've summarily dismissed my report, knock yourself out. Keep wasting your time and energy.
I've covered the NBA for 13 years now. It's not the first time I've been accused of making stuff up and it won't be the last. That goes for a bunch of my colleagues, too. It goes with the territory when you're an insider, which I've been for 10 years.
I've said what my sources have told me. I've echoed the Raptors' denials. I never once said they were looking to trade him; only that he wants out of Toronto. Two days later, nothing has changed.
You all will see what happens down the line. I don't need to. Neither does anyone else with sense.
Someone asked for my opinion on this matter, so I'm giving it: LEAVE THE KID ALONE.
In no way am I condoning his apparent pot-smoking tendencies. But the man is fresh off of capturing 8 Gold Medals -- after spending four years dedicating himself in unfathomable ways, depriving himself and making sacrifices most of us wouldn't even think about. So after capturing Gold eight-times over in Beijing, and all the fame that come with being an Olympic Champion, Phelps, just 23 years old, by the way, went out and had a good time.
Yes, it was wrong. But it's forgivable. Everyone deserves a break sometime.
Let's give Phelps one.
Just in case anyone doubts it, the Lakers will NOT win the NBA title without Andrew Bynum. They had better get him back.
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