tigerjeterkobe wrote:I know we like to be optimistic and think that a guy will renew himself here with minutes, more pick and rolls, and support by coaches and fans, etc., but I watch a lot of Bulls games. Boozer was a total bum most nights. A liability in clutch moments and against good ball moving teams, and against younger athletic guys. Thibs was on him quite a bit, and benched him often at the end of quarters and games.
Reminded me a lot (a lot a lot) of Gasol - getting out-hustled and pushed around by smaller guys, and when Phil gave him the chest smack to try to fire him up.
Just like Gasol, Boozer had decent numbers - 14 and 8 per game, etc. But I wonder what his 4th quarter points, FG and FT percentages were?? I don't know. Don't have time right now to look them up. But just saying that Bulls fans said a lot of the same things about him that we did Gasol - soft, fumble hands, too tentative with flip shots around the rim, too eager to take a mid-range rather than back a guy down, not hitting clutch FTS, not protecting the rim at all, etc. Boozer will bang much more than Gasol did, be neither has lift or a good motor for rebounds at this point.
I think he will be on the bench by Christmas. And we will give our PF minutes to Randle, Kelly, and Davis.
If Thibs - the ultimate ring-out the sponge for every drop guy -- couldn't get him to play harder and smarter, I see nothing changing here (at least with respect to hustle, rebounds, and team defense). I think he is a bum. Sorry.
This. I have a good friend at work that is a Bulls fan and he COULD NOT WAIT to get rid of Boozer. I am concerned.
What the Bulls and Bulls fan did not understand at the time of signing Boozer was that he is 100% a complimentary player. They signed Boozer to that huge contract expecting him to be a creator, when most of the time, he was a guy feeding off assists from Deron Williams. The Bulls ran their offense through Derrick Rose, who was primarily a scoring PG. Sure he's set up players from time to time, but for the most part, he's attacking. Thibs is also a defensive coach, not an offensive mastermind. They looked at Boozers 20 and 10 line from Utah and expected jim to create. That's out of Boozer's skill set, sad to say. If you look at the Bulls, he was honestly the 2nd option on offense, even though he shouldn't be. In the pick and roll, Boozer is a much more effective player. He has a great jumper, he finishes well through contact, and he plays hard. He's a target guy.
With our current starting lineup of Lin/Kobe/Johnson/Boozer/Hill, Kobe is obviously option 1. However, if that fails, 2nd option is run through Lin. He is the second option on this team. Sure, it's not a Wade or Gasol, but it's not about him scoring, it's about him creating opportunities for others. He's a smart, fundamentally sound player. He attacks the rim well, makes great passes, and has a decent jump shot. But for the most part, he'll be running with pick and rolls with Boozer and Hill, and those guys should benefit through Lin if they roll hard.