When it comes to crafting a defense, getting his players motivated, instilling values, or generating effort then he's at the Casino. When it comes to managing rotations. He's uncontrollable because he can't watch Wapner.
This is it. Potentially the last day of Carlos Boozer's career as a Bull. It's time to send him to the bench. There's really no other adjustment the Bulls need to make.
You could argue it's worth starting D.J. Augustin instead of Hinrich, and I could possibly buy in, but I think that one can still go either way. Augustin looks like he'll get swallowed by John Wall's ball pressure, and I'd rather have him destroying Andre Miller than Hinrich who will putz around with the ball against him.
What can't be argued is whether Carlos Boozer still deserves to start in the NBA. It happened with Rip Hamilton. It happened with Keith Bogans. It's been happening with Carlos Boozer.
Bogans was probably the most frustrating but least damaging. He only played 15 minutes, but there was no reputational reason to start him, no salary demands to start him, no long term political reason, or keep the player motivated reason. No other team in the NBA would have started him, he didn't need it for pride, wouldn't have had it elsewhere, it was just dumb.
Hamilton was understandable. He theoretically added offense and passing. The Bulls needed both. They needed to get him enough time to see if it worked, and kept trying to reclaim him as a signing. It was still dumb when it was clear it wasn't going to work, but it was understandable for Hamilton's pride and the Bulls needs.
With Boozer, it's not hard to see how we got here, but it's hard to see why we can't leave here. The Bulls needed Boozer to start for awhile. His defense always hurt the team, but the Bulls needed someone to create some volume offense. Carlos did that. For the first three years of his career, he helped the team.
He's not necessarily a winning player, he was an expensive role player. Offensive big men are expensive even if they don't do anything on the defensive end. However, he could help wear down opponents, draw some fouls, let Derrick Rose gather a breather here and there while he could get some points without making the team work so hard for them.
Up until this year, he at least gave you offensive efficiency. This year? He gives you nothing. Nothing at all.
Now Carlos Boozer still probably needs to play 16 minutes a game for the Bulls to be successful in the playoffs. Nazr is even worse, and the Bulls have no one else, but when he plays them matters. The solution is so obvious it could be drawn out on a napkin.
1: Start Noah
2: Start Gibson
3: Boozer for Noah eight minutes in
4: Noah for Gibson at end of quarter
5: Gibson for Boozer four minutes in
This is effectively Noah's rotation already. The nice thing about this rotation for Gibson is that it gives him 40 minutes on the floor which gives Chicago the best chance to win. However, it also leaves him fresher for his minutes on the floor because he's not playing in two 16 minute chunks anymore.
Instead, he gets a breather starting with two 12 minute chunks then two eight minute chunks. With the end of quarter time in between the two, both Noah and Gibson probably get close to 10 minutes of wall clock time rest between their rotations which should be plenty to allow them to play at peak energy levels down the stretch.
The advantage of this for Boozer is that he's more likely to be matched up against Booker in these minutes, and Boozer might be able to overpower the undersized PF to generate some efficient offense for the Bulls. He certainly isn't getting anything exciting done against the starters.
This could be a route for Boozer to have a positive impact on the game as well as Taj/Noah.
Either way, Tom Thibodeau bitched about the team not being ready. He said "you have to look at yourself first". Well look at yourself first Tom. It's not so complicated. No one else wonders why the team is getting off to a slow start.
The whole world sees the fix, so take some responsibility for the problem and fix it.
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