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Carlos Boozer was horrendous in the playoffs last year. Many called for the Bulls to dump him (Amnesty) or trade him; although, I’m not sure who would trade for him (Minnesota? KAHHHHHHHNNNNN!). What does Boozer have to do this year to assuage the fears of Bulls fans that think his contract will screw the Bulls for the foreseeable future?
Well, he’s off to a good start – have you seen him lately? Gar Foreman’s saying he’s like ~20 lbs. lighter. Which is great! But I’m wary of calling it much more than that. Injuries are always a concern, especially with this shortened season and numerous back-to-backs on the schedule. When Boozer is strong, i.e. healthy, he does indeed possess the ability to be a difference-maker on offense. 2007-08 with the Jazz proves that. He just needs to get out of his own head, if that makes any sense? It certainly doesn’t help to have a fanbase that boos you (more than once) during the Playoffs. I can’t claim innocence in this regard, but again, this is Chicago, and in Carlos’ case I think we were more than fair.
To get specific, he’s been on his YMCA-grind when it comes to defense. Seriously, what’s his deal? Why am I more inclined to believe in the mental capacities of Carlos Boozer the Rapper? Hahahaha, he finished with five personal fouls in Game 1 against the Pacers while still somehow managing to concede 22 points to Tyler Hansbrough. Tyler Hansbrough, who never closes his mouth. Tyler Hansbrough, whose nickname is Psycho T! In my mind, Boozer’s first season with the Bulls is represented via a single incident that didn’t even occur in-season and which involved the following: a contract for $80 million, a gym bag, a stumble, a fall, a broken hand, my broken spirit. Sounds about right.
I guess theoretically the Bulls *could* use amnesty, but who would want that contract? Even Kahn isn’t that obtuse. No, Boozer will remain a Bull for the next few years. Let’s say I’m cautiously optimistic as to how he’ll use that time.