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Quote of the Day: Wow, Carlos Boozer just doesn’t get it

May 11, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

Spencer Hawes, Carlos Boozer AP

“I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was. We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.”

Carlos Boozer, after the Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, via ESPN.

Wow. I’d like to think he was joking, but…

We all get why the Bulls lost this series, and while Boozer was not there in Game 6 in the big picture that is not why they fell short in the first round. No Derrick Rose, then no Joakim Noah — you take the two All-Stars off any team and they struggle. But the attitude in that quote is why people pile on Boozer.

And it’s also the “yo” that really makes it.

  1. jesweeney11 - May 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Ladies and gentleman this is the baseball version of Josh Beckett. Doesn’t get it, never got it, and isn’t in a hurry to get it. He has taken the overrated and overpaid trophy from Rashard Lewis.

    This dude always under performs and any stage is too big for him. They reached on him to make a splash and the only thing it does is hinder their chances of winning a championship. I don’t know he is in the locker room of course, but he is an enigma to himself and probably receiving just rewards for being less than honorable in his dealings with Cleveland.

    If I have not been clear enough…he is a JOKE.

    • LilTmac2003 - May 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      This is going out on a limb — especially since I was defending Boozer. The guy really stepped up the final 1/2 of the season, I’ll give respect when respect is due.

      …but that doesn’t cut it. Especially w/ Rose out, he needed to step up. It seems in big games he vanishes. Going 1-11 w/ 3 points is not worth it.

      I’m saying amnesty Boozer and signed Garnett. Thibs loves Garnett, he is a better defender, he can work off of a point guard w/ Rose, he hates but still can rebound, he can score, and he has something left in the tank.

      Rid of Boozer and his 80mil, sign KG to a 2yr deal, and train Gibson to take over.

      • chitownmatt - May 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Sometimes Boozer is real good, but most of the time “sometimes” just doesn’t cut it.

        But there is no sense in talking about getting rid of him unless you have a legitimate upgrade, and I really don’t think Grampa’-Garnett is the answer.

        We need a front court/post scorer not another super defender. If Taj could develop a legitimate 13 foot jumper, Boozer would be totally unnecessary.

      • williegault - May 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Noah and KG on the same team?

        The world IS ending.

      • giselleisasucubus - May 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Are you high? You honestly think KG is going to go to Chicago? NOT HAPPENING. The Celts are going to give him about 13-16 mil for 2 years. He is NOT going to play with Noah. The guy has pride, he loves playing w/Rondo, Pierce and Doc. If the Celtics win it all, he might actually hang it up, and promptly see #5 raised into the rafters…. Pipe dreams in Chicago

    • giselleisasucubus - May 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Only difference being that Beckett DID get it at one point and led 2 teams to World Series titles. Boozer will never win unless he is a lucky bystander, Gary Payton-style. They’re both jackasses.

  2. acdc363 - May 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Rings are all that matters, yo

  3. doctorfootball - May 11, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Good to know that winning titles isn’t the most important thing for Boozer. He’s very satisfied with having the #1 seed and nothing else matters. One has to wonder, how on earth they were eliminated with such a great attitude from their power forward??

  4. spellingcopfather - May 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Time to release or trade Boozer!!!

  5. ragingmouse - May 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    He last name defines his own innate little world…

    • gor76 - May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      I’m wasn’t saying boo-urns this time.
      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/05/noah-wants-bulls-fans-to-stop-booing-carlos-boozer/

  6. furio2929 - May 11, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Without Rose, the Bulls had no chance.

  7. hwatt - May 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Boozer had a very good regular season. Unfortunately, he choked in the playoffs, which is when the rest of the world knows it really matters, yo.

    I still can’t get over the clip of him from Sunday’s game losing his handle on the ball right in the clutch, giving it right to the photographers. I mean wooooow.

    • hwatt - May 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      oh wait, maybe he means that the team with the best record is supposed to be recognized as the best team in basketball, period. No need for teams with the best record to prove themselves in the playoffs, perhaps that’s why boozer never showed up in the playoffs. This means boozer belongs on sub .500 teams that don’t make the playoffs, so now Boozer won’t have to prove himself on stages he doesn’t understand.

  8. kinglamont - May 11, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Beckett is a two time world champion, and for arguments sake was one of if not the main reason the Marlins won in 2003. So I don’t really see the correlation.

  9. trybe29dr - May 11, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I dont get why the expectations for the Bulls are so high…they are the Cavs when they had James…the same exact team except chicago has better rebounders…defense is great but u cant win with only one scorer whos a volume shooter and shoots less the 40%

    • cosanostra71 - May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Rose averages 46.5% on FGs for his career…

  10. naturalandjacked - May 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Laughing out LOUD

    Signed,
    Jazz Fans

    • comeonnowguys - May 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Laughing out loud at Jazz Fans

      Signed,
      The rest of the NBA fandom.

    • philtration - May 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      The Jazz did get to the NBA Finals a couple of times.
      Lost to the same team both times too.

      The joke is on you.

  11. abchome - May 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    He’s just a funny guy who painted his hairline, yo…

  12. dennisund - May 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    “You take the two All-Stars off any team and they struggle.”

    Take the top 2 stars off the Bulls and you have the 6ers. Without Rose and Noah, they were able to compete well, but the 6ers are used to playing this way. The trick for the 6ers to add a couple of stars is making them want to play in Philly after they send Brand packing.

  13. iowahbr - May 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    People don’t understand that until the NBA Boozer has always been just more powerful than 95% of his opponents and used that to get by. Now he plays with opponents with the same or greater physical gifts and his stats just don’t work in big issue games as they did earlier in his career. If the Bulls played the whole season against the Bobcats, the Trailblzers, the Kings, the Nets and the Cavaliers Boozer would still be a solid 20 points/12 rebound performer. The trouble comes in the games against the Heat, the Sixers, the Celtics the Pacers and so on.

    I just don’t get what the Bulls saw as this isn’t too different from the last year of his last gig. The 2006-08 like stats are history. Good or even great stats now in games that don’t count. Maybe someone else in the NBA will try the Boozer gamble and help the Bulls in the off-season.

  14. crnvic847 - May 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Hey naturalandjacked how did the Jazz do this year?

    Signed,
    Missed the playoffs

    • williegault - May 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Uh… I hate the Jazz and all… but they made the playoffs.

      Signed,
      I guess you don’t watch basketball.

    • jolink653 - May 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      yea those 4 games against the spurs were just practice for the jazz….

  15. bhester1906 - May 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    What an idiot. I’m so glad Miami chose Bosh instead.

  16. david8726 - May 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Is there any chance Chicago doesn’t amnesty this guy in the off-season?

    Worst max contract since Gilbert Arenas.

  17. beardown2489 - May 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Boozer is like the kid who beats up all the kids a grade below him in middle school. But when the little kid brings his big brother around…boozer goes and sits on the bench

  18. rosesacl - May 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I hear Jim Buss is seriously considering trading bynum for boozer….

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