Although his exit made him a franchise villain in the eyes of many fans, Chris Bosh looks back at his time in Toronto fondly. In a pair of recent videos from LeBron James’ Uninterrupted video production company to help promote the “The Carter Effect” documentary, Bosh spoke endearingly about the city and the Toronto Raptors organization. “Toronto made me feel welcome, made me feel special because I would definitely notice the difference,” Bosh said in a conversation with James and Canadian hip-hop artist Drake. “If I’m here people recognize me, show me love and everything. You go to the States, it’s a little different. “It was always one of those strange things where my family and friends would come in town and they would be blown away just by how many people would show up at an appearance or at a game or just lining up for autographs and stuff like that.” An 11-time all-star, Bosh talked about how he aspired to be like Vince Carter and succeed the superstar when he was traded. “I wanted to be like Vince. I saw what he had and when he got traded I felt it was on me to continue that because I didn’t want it to just fall in the pits all of a sudden,” said Bosh in a one-on-one interview. “And then I remember the NHL had a lockout for the whole year so the fans were kinda really starved for sports, especially Canadians, they didn’t have their hockey. “I just felt we had to deliver a winning product. I wanted to build this thing, this vision that I had in my head as a child. You know, leading a team to championships or big moments.” Unfortunately for the 33-year-old that didn’t end up happening for him in Toronto, but Bosh is proud of the progress the franchise has made since his departure under the leadership of a player he mentored.
Chris Bosh reflects on Raptors: ‘Toronto made me feel welcome’
Sportsnet | Sep 26