The curious case of Carlos Boozer just keeps going.
He is soft spoken and non-confrontational, but at the same time condescending and glib. He produces numbers but not championships.
After last week’s 1-11 shooting performance in Game 6 of the playoffs – which eliminated the Chicago Bulls – Boozer was criticized for declaring, “We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.”
Meanwhile, a Chicago Sun-Times blog quoted Jazz coach Ty Corbin praising Boozer’s time in Utah.
“I worked with him for all the time he was in Utah, and some of the stuff that I heard about him after being here, I didn’t understand,” Corbin said. “The guy came in to work every day. He was great with our group of guys. He came in early before games to get himself ready to play. If his shot wasn’t going in, he stayed after to work. He would come in and work extra. Great teammate. Versatile guy.”
Boozer played in all 66 regular season games this year, one of only three Bulls to do so. That was a wide turnaround from the Boozer who missed dozens of games with the Jazz, due to injuries.
I’ve always felt Boozer was a self-oriented player, who could put up impressive numbers. But not a guy to be counted on when things got really tough. (OK, there was that one playoff year with the Jazz…) Yet respected people like Corbin say it’s a bad rap. Let us know where you fall on the Boozer meter.