http://www.sportsnet.ca/nba/columnist.jsp?content=20050328_105949_5208Barring some kind of miracle the Toronto Raptors will miss the playoffs for a third straight season. The reasons why are numerous, in fact a novel could be written on the flaws of the entire organization.
But rather than use this space to rehash what has already been written and said, I am going to give you a few reasons for hope and optimism. A few reasons to keep watching even though the outcome of the games will be all but meaningless by the time they return from their road trip.
First and foremost Chris Bosh is the number one cause for hope with this team. Having just turned 21, Bosh has made huge strides since the Vince Carter trade and will continue to get better. The best news for Raptor fans is that he isn't going anywhere for at least the next two years and if you believe what he says, Bosh has no plans of running away when he gets the chance.
Jalen Rose wanted to be an All Star this season but got off to a terrible start. He was benched a few times during the early part of the season and was in one trade rumor after another. He also makes close to 15 million dollars this season. But rather than focus on that lets look at the fact he's scored more than 20 points 29 time this season, has taken over games in the fourth quarter and unlike some former Raptors, will play through pain. Like Bosh, Rose will also be a Raptor again next season, giving the team a pretty decent 1-2 scoring punch.