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Horace Grant says Bulls’ Boozer needs to be like Pippen

Sep 30, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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It’s no real secret that the Chicago Bulls need to add some versatility to their offense. Our own John Krolik talked about that in his post about what the Bulls need to do when the lockout ends — when LeBron James locked down Derrick Rose in the fourth quarter of playoff games, Chicago had no real “Plan B.”

Horace Grant knows what Plan B should be — Carlos Boozer.

In an interview with, Grant joined Bulls fans across the Windy City to call for Boozer to step up his game.

“Boozer needs to be, for lack of a better phrase, Scottie Pippen to a Michael Jordan,” Grant said Friday morning after a breakfast at Dandenong Stadium (in Australia)….

“You have scorers. You have Rose. You have [Luol] Deng. You have guys coming off the bench,” Grant said. “[Boozer] needs to be a combination of being that physical presence down low. He has the body to do it. He can score whenever he gets himself in the right position. And the Bulls need another second-tier rebounder. [Joakim] Noah has done a great job. Taj Gibson when he’s in there. But they need that extra guy.”

Jazz fans are laughing right now, saying “good luck with that.”

Boozer can score but what Pippen really brought to the table that helped the Bulls was defense. Boozer doesn’t bring that. Pippen also could create shots for others in a way Boozer can’t — he has great skills and touch around the basket but he’s not a classic shot creator.

Boozer has his role on this team, a key role bringing points inside, but the Bulls need another guy who can create his own shot and create shots for others, ideally from the wing. That is not Boozer. Or Deng. Nobody is going to be Rose, but they need another creative option on the offensive end.

Because I’m not convinced Boozer can ever be Pippen.

  1. blueintown - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Pippen’s versatility was his greatest attribute. He could guard Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson, Karl Malone, and Sean Kemp….all at the same time. Boozer doesn’t have the physical abilities to do anything close to that.

  2. Gordon - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    No, he needs to be Horace Grant. A PF who can score, play D & grab boards.

  3. rdssc - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    The bulls need to use their Alan Houston cut on Boozer and go get Nene.

  4. redbear18 - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    As a jazz fan, when Boozer signed with chicago, I told my friend who’s a bulls fan, “what you see is Boozer’s ceiling.”
    Back in Utah, under Jerry Sloan and running the pick and roll with Deron Williams. That was the best he’s ever going to do. Sorry, Chicago, I know you’re one playmaker to pair with Rose away from being the title favorites, but keep looking. Boozer’s not the answer. Lot of good he did us…

  5. ogre2010 - Oct 1, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    Boozer was hurt last year and it showed in the playoffs. When they start playing

  6. ogre2010 - Oct 1, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    If they start playing, you will see a different Boozer.

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