Bosh Happy With How He Handled Exit, Hopes For Warm Reception From Toronto
Chris Bosh will return to Toronto on Wednesday for his first game back since signing with the Heat in the offseason.
“I’m not stressed,” Bosh said in Indianapolis on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, it’s a game (and) when I get out there, that’s going to take over. I don’t stress about too many things. It is what it is and whatever will be, will be.”
Bosh left the impression that he would prefer a friendly reception, though he isn't expecting it.
“Yeah, I’d like to (be liked) but at the end of the day, I’m on another team,” he said. “I would like to (be warmly welcomed), yeah, that’s like a fairy tale ending or beginning or whatever, but that might not be the case.”
Bosh has no regrets, but he still has an affinity for the city and the franchise.
“There’s no good way to separate sometimes or move on, but you just have to put the past behind you,” Bosh said.
“At no time did I feel that I said anything degrading or bad or acted uncivilized or anything. I’m pretty happy with the way things went.”
Toronto fans have given Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady cold receptions in their return engagements over the years.
“I’m ready as I’ll ever be,” Bosh said. “We’ve experienced some times here from the crowds and pretty much it’s at every arena we play at. Guys are extra motivated, crowds are extra motivated, whether it be to talk crap or cheer a little louder, but I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. Bring it on.”
Bosh is averaging 18.3 points and 8.1 rebounds a game for Miami.
“I’m still evolving,” he said. “I’m still trying to find that fine line between being aggressive and being a team player, being how it used to be in a new system. It’s going to take some time, it might take years, months, but I’m getting better every day, I’m learning every day and as long as I keep making progress, that’s the main thing I pay attention to and worry about.”