Carlos Boozer tells fans to be patient, listen to the man

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Per K.C. Johnson:

"Tell them to stay tuned," Boozer said. "Tell them to be patient.
We're doing fine. Hang in there with us. Tell them I said that."

Tom Thibodeau also discussed using Boozer better:

"We have got to run the
floor a little better," Thibodeau said when asked how to jump start
Boozer. "We have to find him deeper in the post. We have to search him
out better. In looking at the film, he made some really good plays in
the first quarter. We went to the re-post and missed a couple of shots.
But we have to give him that second look and he has to get some easier
scores. He'll be fine.

"He has faced (defensive length)
throughout his career. We looked at the previous game against
Philadelphia where he had 31 and he scored in a variety of ways. (Monday
night's 97-85 loss to the 76ers) was a different sort of game. When
he's at his best, he scores in pick-and-roll, post-up, catch-and-shoot,
running the floor. We have to get him back to doing that."

The problem with Boozer is that he's a bit of Korver except that you don't play him 20 minutes a game.   When Boozer's offense isn't going for you, then he's really not helping you much, because he hurts you defensively.   Of course, like Korver, the threat of him on offense still always provides some value and takes away some coverage from Rose.

Boozer's presently mired in a fairly big slump for him.  Thibodeau is right in that part of the problem is the lack of quality opportunities and the offense not creating those for him.   He's not finding any easy looks at the basket, and he's struggling with the more difficult looks.

While he's not providing offense, his lack of defense really comes to the forefront.   I know many fans are already upset a bit with this guy and screaming for the Bulls to trade him, but before we go that far, I'll offer you these thoughts:

Who could you get to replace Boozer?

Seriously, who else are you going to get that can create their own shot in the post, roll to the basket off the pick and roll, or shoot the jumper off a pick and pop?   Does that guy have better size than Boozer and play better defense too?

There's a pretty small list of guys that can do everything that Boozer can do, that list also coincides nicely with a list of guys who aren't obtainable, but hey if the Blazers call up and offer Aldridge for Boozer or if the Hawks say they want to send us Al Horford, I'm game.  Neither of those things are happening.

Who could you trade Boozer to if you could find a replacement?

When you sign a guy to a monster free agent contract, but one that's less than the max, you are typically stuck with that guy.   You were the high bidder when he was an FA or else he wouldn't be on your team.   He's now underperforming your expectations.   Who is going to bid more on him now that he looks worse and costs more than they wanted to spend the previous summer?

If you don't get more talent back for him, why would you ever trade him?

I know we've had this long term 'fit guys into the cap, avoid bad contracts' thing going as Bulls fans, but the Bulls are long past the point where free agency is an option for them.  Derrick Rose will soon be on a monster extension, Luol Deng already is, Noah's kicks in next summer.   There's no cap room coming people.

Bulls fans now have to hope that management will step up and spend the money to keep Gibson and Asik as well as improve this team going forward by spending over the cap.  They'll have to hope that the new CBA allows them some continued leverage to do so at least in terms of resigning their own players even if the MLE is wiped out.

The point of it is with a hard cap unlikely to come (ignore the scorched Earth thoughts of the owners for a minute here), the best way to improve the team is not to shed talented but flawed players for cap room we won't be able to utilize.  It saves the team money, but it doesn't improve them in the standings.  It's championship time, not saving money time.

Jerry Reinsdorf has promised us for years that he'd spend the big bucks if this team were ready to win a title.  He said this team was set up to be a dynasty.  As many doubts as I have about his willingness to really put his money into pushing this Bulls team over the top, we have no choice but to take him at his word and a good part of that is adding talent, not removing it for cash.

Boozer's been solid in the playoffs

I know everyone remembers the playoff series where Gasol and Bynum owned him inside.   Well he went to battle with Okur as the other big man next to him, and struggled with the Lakers length.   However, he was really competing against two big men with massive size advantage down low.

Overall, Boozer's been to the post season four times, in two years he eclipsed his regular season numbers, and in two years he fell short of them.   He's going to have problems with length in the playoffs at times just like in the regular season, but he's shown the ability to get around that at times too.

When you look at the guys he'll need to go through in the East, I'm confident in his ability to go up against the PFs that we'll have to go through.   Against the Lakers, I think their length will be an issue, but at least he'll have Noah fighting with him on the inside instead of Okur hanging out on the perimeter.

Final thoughts

I said long before we signed Boozer that he was a flawed player.  Not someone I was overly interested in for a variety of reasons.  Those reasons are at the forefront right now while he's slumping.

However, you couldn't get Bosh, you couldn't get Amare (and well, I don't think we wanted him given his injury/attitude/25+ million extra cost), and you still wanted to upgrade your PF position.   It was Boozer or David Lee.  

I like Boozer of the two.   They're both similar in that they're no defense playing, rebounding guys with decent offense, but Lee is a system offense guy similar to Luol Deng while Boozer can create offense.   The Bulls needed that second thing more, and they also benefit from his increased physicality.

Boozer's not the perfect player, but he's a good player.   He's a player who's helped this team a ton this year, and he's a player who, for better or worse, will be here for a long time. 

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  • Well said, I actually agree...lol

  • I agree, with the caveat that Boozer's just as much of a system player as Lee - or Lee can create offense as well as Boozer - depending on which way you want to spin it. Of course Lee has badly regressed this year so he might just be not as good as Boozer's year in year out production outside of a single career year (or maybe having a hole in his arm is the problem, we'll see next year).

    The Boozer situation is like the Deng one, as soon as the 2010 off season was done it was time to forget about his contract and evaluate all trades in terms of talent. Who cares if he's overpaid, if you're not going to have cap space there's not point trading anyone unless it brings back something that improves the team.

    It seems to be the lot of the NBA player that you'll always have at least some section of your team's fans wanting to trade you for a bag of potato chips. I know they get paid well for the privilege, but it's got to be tough knowing there's a bunch of people who think the world would be a better place if you just didn't bother to show up to work.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I don't think you can throw the ball to David Lee and say go create me a good shot.

    I think you can do that with Boozer.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Well I'm not going to defend Lee this year, he's failed to live up to what he did with the Knicks. Could be the arm, could be the previous year was a fluke, could be he's now playing against quicker guys being at PF rather than C.

    But last year, even if it was a fluke year, he was able to create good shots. Not, it wasn't traditional low post offense, it was more Noah style let Lee use the quickness advantage he has on true centers, but he created good shots for himself. It's not like Chris freaking Duhon was helping him much, yet he scored at around the same volume/efficiency as Boozer with Deron Williams. Lee also had the second best assist rate of PF/C guys behind Tim Duncan (a make for others counts as creating a good shot in my book).

    I think Boozer is at least slightly the overall better player (he's a better defender if nothing else, as much as some people might scoff at Boozer and defense in the same sentence) and certainly has the proven track record. But with Boozer's health always an issue I'm not going to be completely convinced we made the right choice until we see whether Lee bounces back next year.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Only if he is guarded by Earl Boykins. Boozer as a go to post player seems to be a myth, since he plays totally below he rim, at this point trading him for Zack Randolph would be an upgrade, he plays below the rim, but seems to know how to do so effectively without getting every shot blocked.

    But you are right we were stuck with him the minute that we signed him.

    Unfortunately,

    Free agency is a lot like a drunk guy in his 20's in a niteclub. Your pocket is loaded with cash(testosterone) so after you get shot down by the really hot chicks you move on to the less hot chicks and so on and so forth until you wake up in the morning and want to chew your arm off, or as Doug would say gouge your eyes out.

  • "I'm not worried about that," Boozer said. "That's part of the game. I'm more concerned with our defense. The offense will take care of itself."

    Yeah.....sure you are.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Boozer could be concerned with the defense and still be epically bad at it.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    If he at least tries, it's a good start

  • In reply to anasemaj:

    I don't see the effort, I see Ben Gordon at the 4

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The other thing is Thibs said he has some ideas on offense. Thank God...I thought Thibs wanted to win all the games 2-0 or lose 0-2;-)

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Not true, if you have the physical talent to be a starting power forward in the NBA, then you have the physical tools to play defense.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    You're dead right re the free agency, he was a good pick up given the alternatives (I was so relieved when Bosh said he was going to Miami).

    Boozer's defence (or lack thereof) is well known, and I don't think its a big problem as long as he makes an effort - the real problem is that most times he DOESN'T make an effort.

    Thibs defence system demands that all five players help and rotate, especially the bigs - which makes him the weakest link.

    Boozer also said yesterday he was more concerned about defence - really?! If that's true, perhaps we have reason to hope.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Is it safe to say that the two systems where the offensive numbers go crazy in the NBA are 1)GS or Don Nelson system 2) D'Antoni system.
    We can expect majority of the skills/numbers to transfer over from other systems.

    That said, will Boozer even be any effective this year....too many injuries on the ankle to recover to be playing at his maximum potential. Also, I think Thibs will get Noah and Boozer working on a two-man game or pass it to the cutting guy(Brewer,Deng,Bogans or Rose). That takes pressure from Rose to make the decision all the time. I think that should be the main goal.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    It seems to me that Boozer is clogging up the offense by being in the wrong place at the wrong time more often than not. He reallys seems completely lost out there.

    Maybe the real problem is not that he doesn't mesh with Noah, but that he doesn't mesh with Rose, who is a totally different animal than was Deron Williams.

    You basically need to surround Rose with the same cast of characters that you surrounded Jordan with, outside shooters, slashers, physical interior defenders and rebounders.

    Noah, Asik, Taj, Deng, Korver, even Brewer could play with Mike, BG Boozer, not so much.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    It's like if Noah said he was concerned about the team's three point shooting ... doesn't mean he's going to go all Reggie Miller out there the next game. You can be concerned about something you don't have the talent to fix.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Apples and oranges, Shakes....if he was so concerned, he could at least put his damn hands up on D. He would accidently get a block maybe once every two games....

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Doesn't he actually do that. I think he just has bad hands. He always wants to strip the ball or go for the rebound(he starts turning around as soon as the shooter takes the ball up to shoot). It almost seems like he thinks that the person will miss it anyhow and let's not give them a second chance..Maybe he played a lot against Erik Dampier too much;-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    He keeps his hands pretty low. I'll be watching the game tonight and will play the Carlos Boozer drinking game. When he raises his arms above his head on D I will take a drink. I'm pretty sure it will be a relatively inexpensive night...:)

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Boozer's hands aren't the problem.
    Yes, he could keep them up more often, but as far as defensive hands go, he's not that bad.
    It's his feet that are the problem. He's a slow-footed player.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I would say that his biggest problems are located in his cranial and chest cavities.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    This may be true as well. ;-)

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Boozer is just fine.
    Yes, he's in a slump.
    But he's what we expected from him.
    He's still a top 5 or 6 PF in the league when he's playing up to par.
    He's better than Bosh.
    He's a better rebounder, passer and defender than Amare or Nowitzki.
    Who's better? Gasol, Love, Aldridge, Randolph, Griffin maybe ...
    I'm just fine with having Boozer on the team ... shaky defense and all.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Does anybody else think as of now Blake Griffin is a little over-rated. His jump-shot is not much and he is almost their #1 option on offense...that means he gets a lot of shots, plays(I know if Vinny does that) run for him. He is athletic and gets a lot of dunks that puts him on highlights.
    I would say that probably Gasol, Aldridge are better right now. I don't trust Randolph(it is his contract seeking season).
    I don't know what to make of Love. Is he a copy of Boozer(undersized, good rebounder, no defense) without the shot-creating skill but 3pt skills?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think Blake makes my list, based a fair amount on potential, rather than on where he's currently at.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Griffin's numbers as a rookie are numbers only hall of famers have put up at a similar stage of their careers. He's going to be great, the only thing that can hold him back is Sterling.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I agree, he's definitely just in a slump. I think what we all forget is that if he didn't miss a bunch of games early in the season, he probably would have been in the all-star game over Bosh. Despite his defensive issues, he's still a pretty good PF.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Love is over-rated...I would rather have Boozer.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I believe that if Love were on the Bulls in place of Boozer, he wouldn't be giving us any more than Boozer ... probably a bit less.
    So in that regard, I'd agree with you.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Love's three point shooting would help the Bulls (maybe we could bench Bogans if our PF could shoot threes?), and he's a better rebounder than anyone in the league (not that the Bulls really need help in that area). But Kevin Love would be getting absolutely blasted for his defense if Boozer is.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    i agree with u. Boozer is than bosh. i'm also happy with him. he has to just to take care of his health.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    The only thing that Boozer does with his hands when not shooting is shoving guys in the back with both of them while trying to get rebounding position.

    Luckily they can't call a foul every single time.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Thibs gets so upset with tinniest mistake on the defence end, imagine how much it must kill him watching Booz

  • In reply to anasemaj:

    Boozers contract is not only a cap killer it could end up being a Thibs killer.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Hey Doug do you think you could email me the intro of your podcasts so that I can put it as my ringtone?

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    The guy I was hoping the Bulls could pick up before Boozer was David West. I really like his toughness and how well he played with CP3 and Tyson Chandler. Kinda put me in the mindset of Rose and Noah. I liked Zach Randolph as well, but I'm appreciative of what Boozer has done this season, even though he has his flaws.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Agreed on Booz. I like David West/his game too, but I do think he seems like a bit of an a-hole from what I've seen of him anyhow. That doesn't mean the Bulls couldn't use some nastiness though. But as Doug says it's more then likely that Booz is here to stay. Again, hopefully his proven track record(including much of this season) of being a potent scoring big will return. If he and Jo do "return" these playoffs could be a great ride. If not, I think we've got problems(for me they are the keys).

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    RW, I think Boozer will be great come playoffs time. This Bulls team will be at its peak in the playoffs and I think they will win the NBA championship. There's a lot of anxiety with the other teams hunting the big prize and the Bulls have given the rest of the league notice. I think we've a special group of players and a terrific coach. The standings is proof if this. So everybody (except the fakers) relax and enjoy the ride.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    West seems more like a quiet guy with a bit of anger in him than an outright A hole, but who knows.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I watched the other night LA vs NO - and i def see the lakers as the worst matchup for the Bulls and Boozer. They have a heck of size, and Gasol has great hands. Plus Artest is one of the few guys that can push Luol Deng, and they have deep bench as well...
    Good thing is - we don't need to worry abt them... the road to NBA finals is a long one, and da Bulls still haven't won one playoff game. yet...

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I think and am hoping that GarPax has a huge surprise for us Bulls fans this offseason or the offseason of 2012 and that comes in the form of Dwight Howard.

    Howard has been non-commital to the Magic long term and rumblings are already that he would love to head to a big city like LA or NY or even Chicago. Howard also is good friends with Derrick Rose who would love to have a big STUD in the middle who could score and be a defensive monster.

    Howard is going to leave the Magic and its just a matter if the Magic will get something in return. That return I'm hoping will be Boozer, Asik and a bunch of first round picks we have.

    Face it, the Bulls can't sustain this type of pedal to the metal, pound it every night kind of play for more than a couple of years. Rose, while being only 22, has aged basketball-wise already this year. He has a good amount of wear and tear because of the effort he has to put out offensively and defensively and carry the team on a nightly basis. Rose is just too short and not physical enough to sustain his star level of play for too long. He'll have another 3-4 Superstar years in him but I could very well see him start to decline or quickly become a different type of player by 26-27. If you question that, see how quickly Allen Iverson plummeted. Howard would easily help extend Derrick Rose's basketball life and thats the key.

    I'd almost say that you want a complementary SG with Rose but not a guy who needs bulk shots. What Rose needs is a big inside who can consistently score at the PF or the C position. Howard would be that guy who could provide that both offensively and defensively much better than Boozer.

  • In reply to ripiceman:

    icemannn99, the core of our team is set for now and the future. Our point guard is Rose and our big man in the middle is Noah. We don't need Howard. He's a force, but we like what we have and the chemistry in those two key areas. Howard might end up like Wilt Chamberlain, one who struggles to win the big prize. For all his dominance, coaches still find a way to beat his teams.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    You do NOT want Boozer trying to get blocks. We've seen what happens when he tries, he'll go flying out at a guy and straight past them when they weren't even intending to shoot, leaving them wide open to take a shot that would never have been there in the first place if Boozer just stood there.

    Seriously the guy just doesn't have the ability to predict what other players are going to do, and unlike some other players who don't really read the play well he also doesn't have the athleticism to recover (think the Tyrus Thomas types who can use their hops to hide the fact they're often not in ideal position).

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I was thinking the same thing about Booz vs the Lakers and then I read it right below!

    Put yourself in Boozs position he was going to battle vs 2 guys who where way bigger than him and his own big man was hanging out around the perimeter and is even a worse defender than Booz is fans here put ALL the blame on him ALL Of It I remember that series!

    And Okur has played maybe 5 games this year and I heard none of the bitching and moaning like with Boozer and when he played in his first game back the crowd gave him a standing ovation

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    To Thibadeau's and your point, Doug - thinking back the LA twin towers are the only tandem that I remember giving Boozer issues. I don't think this is a systemic problem. And actually, I remember Boozer absolutely destroying Yao Ming when Utah faced Houston two different times the past few playoffs. People act like he's 6'4. He's 6'9 and knows how to get his shot off.

    My real concern is his health. I have a feeling his knee is not fully healed and he rushed back a bit under the pressure of not wanting to seem injury-prone to his Chicago teammates and fans. He's not getting up and down the floor as well as he had pre-injury, his lift isn't there leading to more fadeaway jumpers and less low-post work. He knows his previous rep, plus he had the wrist earlier this year...I fear he's come back too soon in order to seem 'tough.' I just hope things are all cleared (or healed) up in the next two weeks.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    The Bulls are the most efficient team in the league at two things, defense and rebounding. They're middle of the pack in offense and turnovers, and top third in assists. What the Bulls normally have to do to win, is get more possessions than the other team. The defense helps create rebounding opportunities, and the rebounds give the extra possessions. If they keep their turnovers down, they have a good chance to win. Against Philly, the Bulls had more turnovers, and slightly less rebounds. Fewer possessions for a mediocre offensive efficiency team equal a loss. What the Bulls are capable of on offense, is almost entirely due to Rose. They don

  • In reply to efaily:

    Solid analysis IMO. I just wonder if Rose's hand are small or just average as opposed to guys like Westbrook who can just fly in plaming the ball for soaring dunks. That's the one thing that bums me about D, not that it's his fault, but that he can't one hand power slam on soaring dunks. At least I haven't seen it hardly ever if at all. It's always the two hand slam. It's just with his jumping and hang time ability he could have so many Jordan/Pippen type "I own the rim/game" slams, but oh well you can't have everything. I never thought about his turnovers(at times a problem/high) being caused by the smaller hands though. Good point.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    I've noticed from day one that Rose is a small hands player, even he mentions it.

    One of Jordans great advantages that was totally obscurred by his talents was that he had very large and very good hands, and he worked on them with Grover.

    Even Kobe commented on more than one occasion that he didn't have Jordans hands.

    Maybe that womens' myth about a mans hands applies to the NBA also.

  • In reply to efaily:

    Boozer is always going to be a touchstone/somewhat controversial similar to what Deng has been(until this season) due to his lmitations. Deng is not a superior athlete which keeps him from being a prolific scorer/inconsistent, and could fade in many games scoring wise especially in second halves. Not so this year though as we all have seen. Similarly Boozer is slow laterally/defensively and instinctually on defense. And his height sometimes is a factor on offense. So with limitations come up times when everyone is cheering, and down times when everyone is booing/decrying/ragging. But despite at times being a posturing mouthpiece(IMO), I have seen the desire and effort from him on most nights. There have been some grave lapses defensively(sans Taj Gibson knocked down on the baseline VS the Clips, and Booz passively watching while DeAndre Jordan/the offender clamly, cololy collected himself under the rim and dunked thunderously). But for the most part his board numbers/effort moving feet on guys in the post has been there. He just makes some bonehead mental lapses, and at times just does not feel it's necessary/within him to run back in transition. But how many players do it all? Sometimes as Doug says you have to take the good with the bad. My feeling is Carlos offensively has been hampered physically at least that's how he looks to me. Everyone says how vertically challeneged he is, but for the most part he's been a potent offensive post/big when healthy. So we'll just have to count our blessings so to speak, and hope the healthy/scoring Booz will return. Same with Joakim. Injuries and scoring/overall numbers down. Will he return to star status? Time will tell.

  • In reply to efaily:

    Excellent dose of reality.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I think that we are starting to find out why Utah fans turned on Boozer, he is a big phony and the character issue implicit in how he ended up in Utah is likely real.

    Boozer talks a lot and sounds good when he does.

    Character is about actions not words.

    It is kind of like Boozers ridiculous Crab stance that he gets into everytime the Bulls are in half court defense, it is all show and total Bullshit. I can't decide whether to laugh or throw up every time that I see it.

    Defense has always been about want to, and as Rose has proved this season when you have the physical tools to play D, you can if you want to.

    While BG Boozer is not Rose athletically, he certainly has the physical tools to play defense at power forward in the NBA(see Charles Oakley if in doubt).

    When it comes to power forwards I prefer the Oakley types to pretty boys. I thought that Boozer was the least pretty boy of the free agent power forwards, it looks like even if that is true, he is still more pretty boy than not.

  • Btw......I'm going to the game tonight in MN. Anyone else?

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Would like to go but car is giving me trouble.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Warrior fans are extremely disappointed with Lee. he puts up nothing special but W's are paying him $79.5 million for 6 years and it cost them the popular Randolph & Turiaf in the trade (Azubuike doesnt factor because of injury).
    Having seen many games with Lee, I can honestly say that Boozer is the better of the two

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I'm new here but yes I'm going tonight! sitting courtside, center court. gonna be talking trash to mike beasley. the man has a weak mental game. hopefully only one of us gets ejected (not me).

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Jo is a GTD with his ankle no good

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Unrelated to this discussion... but watch this. Anyone know if this is actually D-Rose? (It kinda looks like him)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZczejHLBaG4

  • In reply to zazjaju:

    Lol i dont think it is

  • In reply to zazjaju:

    What do you think the odds are that Dwight Howard holds off on getting his next technical till April 6th against Charlotte so he'll be able to serve his next suspension April 10th against the Bulls? That would definitely help in our efforts to best the Lakers record and catch the Spurs.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    seems like a long drive.

  • Yeah...but Kemp along with Payton carried his team to the finals. The Clippers are not even fighting for a playoff spot. I am not saying he will be a bust or will not become like Kemp. He might be better than Kemp. But, he has seen the league for 2 years now(even though he was injured in the first year). I guess next year will let us know if Griffin is as good as his hype. It is too early to tell that about Griffin.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    You gotta give him a little time ... Kemp and Payton were together for several years I believe, before they ever made the finals.
    This is Blake's first year ... let's see what he can do in three or four years.

  • It's laughable that people on this site want to trade Boozer so you are kind to even mention it as serious in any way. As you stated we all knew who Boozer was when we signed him and we still need him and his type of game in a big big way. Obviously we all want him to play better and I think he will. He's only played a little over half a season and his latest injuries were tweaking his ankle twice. I assume he's not 100% right now but should be getting back closer and closer everyday. Reading some of the whiner fans comments on this site is pretty annoying when we are capable of winning close to 60 games this year. I dont see any doom and gloom. If anyone has issues with this team they are living in a bubble and their website is ready for them... http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/

  • I think with all the hype of 2010 Free Agency, and the substance of giving away Hinrich, Salmons and 3 draft picks for cap space, we expected to land a MONSTER player.

    Boozer is no Monster. He

  • In reply to Edward:

    i don't think boozer problem is defense. We all knew that he isn't a good defender. Thibs has turned the bulls into a great team and that with boozer weakness on defense. Against boston, noah can defend on KG and on bosh against miami.

    The real issue now, is the fact he ins't at the level he was supposed to play on offense. Rose is very good but it would be even better if boozer can help Rose in the post-season.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    My above reference to Boozer's flaw "against length" is an offensive problem. I'll break it down:

    Boozer has considerable problems with taller players and so is often reluctant on offense as he easily gets his shot blocked. He relies on those shifty post moves and a quick release to get his shot off, but that is often times ineffective against better bigs so he must be very selective.

    Therefore, Boozer is not a true go to scorer which is what this team needs. Hence, the disappointment in Boozer.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Personnally, i don'T regret bosh at all. Even before the 2010 free agency, I prefered boozer over bosh. I find bosh too soft, he shy away from contacts that's why he is a so poor rebounder. Heat fans are complaining about him. I was happy when we got Boozer. We all knew that he isn'T a good defender but it wasn't a problem because we knew that Noah were going to cover his ass. It has worked, that'S why we are the best Dfensive team in the nba and that with boozer.

    The real issue right now is that boozer isn't helping us since some weeks even on offense. I think he is getting slower and slower because of injuries and age. He should loose some weights this summer and do fitness if he want to help us during the upcoming seasons.

    And WTH do u think hoford is better than Boozer ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I hate to say it but I think if I had to choose between Hortford, Booz and even Noah based only on the player not chemistry or anything else it'd be Hortford

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    if it'S because of age, ok. if not i don't see why

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Tonight could actually be a Boozer night...Lately the Bulls have either killed teams (Hawks,Kings) or struggle to get off to good starts an finding themselves down by like 20. And Derrick is instant offense so he kind of just took over. I also agree with a poster above me that said maybe it would be good for Boozer to lose a little weight...maybe 10 pounds or so. It would probably help his quickness and some of injuries that usaully hits him. Im happy with him...im deff. glad we have him. Just give him some time, he will get it back on track.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    How do you like your Booze now?

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  • In reply to Edward:

    We didn't land a monster player. But does anyone really miss Hinrich and Salmons? Salmons is aging, is not playing as well this year, and still has years left in his contract. Hinrich took up a LOT of cap space. We wouldn't have half our bench if Hinrich was still with the Bulls. Do you see him playing well lately? The other option was to trade Deng. Would you rather have Hinrich instead of Deng?

  • Sorry guys for no comments recently; been moving back to lovely old england.

    Great timing for this article Doug. It has given us all a chance to really look at Booz and the whole package and not just highlight his slump and yet to be discovered defence.

    I was really glad that the Bulls got Booz last summer warts and all. Since Elton Brand left we haven't really had a true "power" forward. Booz is a 20-10 player and there's not many of those about in the league and we all agree we needed to address that spot. The playoffs are slower and the need for that post game will be even more needed so I think Booz's usage will increase and hence his confidence/rhythm. I think (as you said) that we need to get more of the Booz/KK pairing on court to really allow us to exploit the power game. Noah at the top of the key to dive and O rebound, Luol on the weak side to hit the extra pass 3 in the corner or to drive against the recovering weakside D (something he's really good at) and note there is no mention of Derrick in this and thats deliberate. Not if but when the opponents decide to lock Derrick out of the game we need to prove we have other offensive weapons and by doing so will help free Derrick up a lot.

    We need to post and re-post Booz and the best person to do that is Kyle as he will always keep his defender on him and so Booz will demand help from the weskside/top. I would love Noah to have a jumper from the elbow (like Big Sexy) but that can be developed in the future. And thats what's so scary about this team. Celtics, Lakers, Spurs and Heat players are in or past their prime - there are still many of the Bulls who have room for improvement. Being a Bulls fan for the next few years are gonna be fun

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Good points. And I'd noticed before that Kyle and Carlos have some pretty good chemistry still from their Utah days. Thanks for explaining why they work so well together! And if Thibs is even talking to the media about this, I trust his "don't worry" comments, he's got a better basketball brain than any of us...

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