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Bulls coach Thibodeau sticks up for Carlos Boozer

May 5, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

Carlos Boozer, Jeff Teague AP

No, the Bulls fans were not saying “Booooooo-zer.” (Nor were they saying “Boo-erns.”)

But after Joakim Noah stuck up for him, Tom Thibodeau did after practice, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“We need him out there,” Thibodeau said of Boozer after Thursday’s brief practice at the Berto Center. “His rebounding is critical for us. Post presence. People collapse on him, so it opens up a lot of things for everybody.

“He’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing. Each day, he’ll get better and better….

“Look, Carlos has been in the league a long time,” Thibodeau said. “He’s been through every situation you could possibly be through. He’ll handle it fine. He’s been a big-time player in the league for a long time, so he knows what he has to do.”

Boozer is playing through turf-toe that has hampered his production during the playoffs, he is averaging 10.3 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting. Bulls fans are feeling frustrated at how often Boozer seems to be injured.

Bulls’ fans, if you’re looking for sympathy in those regards, don’t go asking Jazz fans. Just warning you.

  1. tubal22 - May 5, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Boozer injured…. check
    Boozer not stepping up in the playoffs… check

    What did the Bulls expect. This is Carlos Boozer.

  2. liltmac2003 - May 5, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    This was my comment from the other Boozer article…

    “Without Derrick Rose…we won’t have leadership.
    Without Luol Deng…we won’t have consistency.
    Without Joakim Noah…we won’t have energy.
    Without Kyle Korver…we won’t have hot sauce.
    Without Thibs…we won’t have defense.
    Without Taj Gibson…we won’t have hustle.
    Without Carlos Boozer…”

    I do hope he recovers quickly and I wish him the best. Turf toe must be aggravating, but it’s the playoffs and everyone must step up.

  3. ezwriter69 - May 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Good for Thibodeau, he should stick up for his guy publicly… but they’re markedly better with Gibson in there, very noticeable. Boozer wasn’t brought in to rebound, he was brought in so the Bulls would have SOME alternative to Rose offensively, and that has been a total failure… to no one’s surprise but Bulls management.

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