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Carlos Boozer's expectations for Bulls: "A championship"

Sep 2, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

NBA_boozer_usa.jpgThe Miami Heat are the trendy choice, what with three of the best players on the planet on one team. The Lakers have the Trophy. Boston had it a couple years ago. Orlando has been on the cusp recently.

But Carlos Boozer likes how his Chicago Bulls look and think they should be in the conversation. Look what he told ESPN Chicago about his goals:

“A championship,” he told ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday night after a Nike House of Hoops event. “I think a realistic goal for us is a championship. I think anything shorter than that we’re setting ourselves up to be shorter than what we can reach. I think [we have] potential to be a championship-level team…”

“[Derrick Rose is] tight,” Boozer said. “He can play. With our combination of what we have on our team, with myself in the post, with D. Rose at the point guard spot, Joakim [Noah] plugging that middle up, Luol Deng being very versatile on the wing, I think we have a team that can rival anybody. I think we’ll be able to compete against every team in the league.”

You picture that roster playing Tom Thibodeau defense and last season they might have been the best in the East.

But now, the stakes are raised. The Bulls are going to be good, no doubt, but Miami good? Orlando good? Come the playoffs, can they hang with Boston?

How far the Bulls go will depend in part on Deng and his progression. Rose getting a jump shot. Boozer and his spotty defense being better under Thibodeau. There’s a lot of questions to be answered.

But when you’re good, a title should be the goal. So at least Boozer is looking the right direction. Even if me may not get to the Promised Land.

  1. McDaddy - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    The Bulls will have their best team since the 1998 championship team. But they are not going to win a championship this season.
    Carlos, wait until you go up against that Celtic defense in the
    playoffs. LeBron, Wade and company are also too good for Chicago.

  2. Phil - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    “With myself in the post,…”
    That’s why Chicago won’t win a championship. Boozer is a pansy. He was 84th in the league last year in blocked shots. Out of 44 PF’s in the league, he was 30th.
    Boozer was 6th in the league in Fouls per game.
    Defense is like a foreign language to this guy. Good luck Chicago.

  3. Josh Pico - Sep 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    “McDaddy” Your post is as ridiculous as your name. Celitcs lost their defense when Tom T. jumped ship for Chicago. Those old timers are all but done. They did a nice job in the off-season, however Miami, Chicago and Orlando are all stronger teams at this point. How can you even say the Heat are too good for the Bulls, they haven’t won a single game together yet. Nobody has any idea what the chemistry will be on that team. The Bulls added a few pieces to an already incredibly good team, and they finally have a coach that will turn around the defensive side of the ball. Let’s just see how the first 50 games go before we decide the Bulls “won’t” be good enough to win a chip.

  4. terry - Sep 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    The Bulls have got a good, solid team, Rose is ready to step up as a superstar – taking over the games in the clutch when the pressure is on – and they have a fine coach in Thibodeau who emphasizes defense and that wins championships. They didn’t get any of the “superstars” during free agency and I think that in the long run this will prove better for them – they got a host of good solid players. I don’t think Miami will be able to hold together and the Celts are too old and losing Thibodeau will hurt them.
    Orlando? Who knows.

  5. Brandan - Sep 2, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    This is what happens when people play too much video games: “The Heat are too good for Chicago”. People ofthen forgets that one teams weakness can be other team strenght. Maybe we end up with Bulls sweeping Heat in the playoffs, maybe not. But you have to keep clear in your mind this is bot a chess game, these are humans who think and coordinate, evolve and learn. The Bulls are a great team and no one should forget about D-Rose’s ability to control the game’s tempo, which is gonna be of good benefit to Boozer. With such a great coach who is defensive oriented Boozer’s defense should improve, after all he did the same with Pierce. Indeed Boston is far from done as the showed last season, finals were so close that even when LA came out as champion you can’t say they are much better. There is Orlando, who each year knocked the door, you can’t forget about the rising OKC, if Durant continues to improve (and he will), alont with the rising Westbrook and Green, promise to be a team to be careful with.

  6. Phil - Sep 2, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    “With such a great coach who is defensive oriented Boozer’s defense should improve, after all he did the same with Pierce”
    You mean like Sloan? Sloan is probably the toughest defensive coach in the league. If Boozer won’t play defense for Sloan, he won’t play defense for anybody.
    Chicago will be good, but Boozer needs to quit talking like he’s the team captain or something. He’s not. He MIGHT be the second best player on their team. And that’s scary since he’s not very good.

  7. bull's fan inMA - Sep 2, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Defense/great team defense wins championships and Thibodeau helped reaffirm this axiom last season in Boston. If Boozer improves his D and Deng can stay off injury list a championship is possible for the Bull’s.I can’t wait for this NBA season to start to see who is right!

  8. Brandan - Sep 2, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Sloan’s reputation as the thougest defensive coach is highly arguably since since he never changed any player’s orientation to be more defensive. He is just pushing about it and had some great defenders for him to use. Thibodeau has in his resumé a Pierce who learned the value of defense, a good shot blocker who became the”Defensive Player of the Year” under his coaching in Kevin Garnett and a gsmestyle who led to a Championship. Sloan’s lack of proof kills his race to become the most defensive coach, and couldn’t get a ring in 2 shots, both against the Bulls ironically. Thinodeau teach you defense while Sloan just get over your face for you to do it.

  9. Phil - Sep 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Thibodeau is a great defensive coach. No one is denying that. Boston went from 23rd to 1st in his first year in 2007. But the last 2 years, Sloan has had better defensive teams according to the #’s.
    I think that 2007 championship had a lot more to do with Kevin Garnett joining the team and Rondo coming into his own than it did Thibodeau.
    Pierce had a monster year in 2007. Both offensively and defensively. But if you check his stats, his defense (Blks, Stls, Rebs) is down every year since Thibodeau joined the C’s. So saying that he taught pierce the value of defense doesn’t really wash.
    Kevin Garnett had better defensive numbers every single year he was in Minnesota than he had any year in Boston. The 2007 Boston team just happened to win the championship, and he was the best defensive player on the team. They had to give him the award. So you could say his defense went DOWN when he came to Boston. So that one doesn’t really wash either.

  10. Drew - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Well said, Phil. There’s a difference between liking your team and having optimism and objective analysis. Miami, Boston, and Orlando in that order are better on paper. That doesn’t mean much now. I don’t think Chicago has the championship pedigree just yet and may be a piece or two away in terms of wing players. Noah isn’t enough to handle Dwight Howard or Shaq in a seven-game series. Chicago has no answer for Lebron or Wade at the 2-spot. Give Chicago another year or two.

  11. Randolph - Sep 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Miami will probably win, but it’s now meaningless. Might as well send Kobe and Carmelo to Miami too. Who cares? Big difference between being true champion vs. stacking a team to pile up championships. Different era now with these soft kids like Lebron, Wade and Bosh.

  12. McDaddy - Sep 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Josh P.,
    It is you who is ridiculous. We heard the “Celtics are too old”
    thing all last year and they came very close to winning a
    championship. Men in the early 30s are not old you fool.
    Remember the 1998 Chicago team. How old were they?
    Who on Chicago is going to stop LeBron? Deng? Give me a break.
    I don’t care how good a defensive coach Tom T. is, Deng will not
    be able to stop LeBron for a second. He will pulverize the Bulls
    just like he did in last year’s playoffs. Get a clue.

  13. McDaddy - Sep 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Brandon,
    The Heat are too good for the Bulls, and I don’t play
    video games. I deal in reality, perhaps you should give
    it a try. LeBron and D. Wade on the same team instantly makes
    that team a real contender. We are talking the MVP the past
    2 seasons and the third runner up the past two seasons. They
    are going to be really good! It does not take a genious to
    figure that out. Lebron and Wade are the closest thing the league
    has seen since Jordan and Pippen.

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