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Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Posted on: May 27, 2011 8:55 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 8:57 pm
Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen throws power forward Carlos Boozer under the bus. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Boy, that Scottie Pippen guy is sure on a roll. Earlier Friday, Pippen said that Miami Heat forward LeBron James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game," better even than Pippen's former teammate, Michael Jordan.  

Later Friday, in comments made to, Pippen aimed his guns at Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer, who he feels let Chicago down in the big moments of the Eastern Conference finals.
"For us to think the Bulls are going to go farther when your high-priced players are not going to carry you and finish games for you ... you're not talking about a championship team.

"You can't hide at this stage of the season. At this point, you have to be able to play through everything because if you're trying to hide a guy or a guy is not performing for you, it's going to show offensively in the playoffs and it's going to be magnified ... We all know Carlos did not play at the level the team needed him to and that that hurt them more than anything because they couldn't rely on him.

"The flagrant foul, the pushing calls, the inability to finish strong around the basket. Now you're a liability. We can't hide you and now we have to take you out of the game."
The flagrant foul that Pippen is talking about occurred when Boozer swiped at LeBron James' face 5 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 5. At the time, Chicago was up by 11 points, but the Heat immediately went on an 8-2 run. Here's a look at the video. It was an inane decision on Boozer's part and worthy of criticism.

The venom in these statements suggests that Pippen's angst over Boozer has been bottling up for some time. That's no surprise: a vast majority of Bulls fans likely feel the same way. Boozer was the team's big catch last summer and it was clear throughout the playoffs that he simply wasn't going to be the superstar-type impact player that his salary suggests he should be. That's always going to get people worked up.

Prior to the start of the Eastern Conference finals, I took a look at what was at stake for Boozer, writing...
Despite the fact that he continues to keep his rebounding near double figures, he’s a running punch line and punching bag for Bulls fans, who obviously expected more from their $80 million man... So what’s at stake for Boozer here? Given that this is Chicago’s first playoff run together and doubts are already high, he just doesn’t have much to lose. If he throws together a big series, the United Center fans that were booing him earlier during the playoffs will surely rally around him. If not, he was the bad guy anyway.
And that's exactly where we are right now. People expected Boozer to fail. He failed. That frustrated people. But that was to be expected, so Boozer probably won't lose much sleep over it. He should be used to disappointing people by now.

As for Pippen? Pass the mic and take a month off to chill out.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:05 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Yes, Boozer is not the 20/10 guy he once was.  He is getting older and I wish the Bulls pursued Amare instead of Boozer and his injury plagued career.

Though Pippin should keep his mouth shut, after after his MJ/LeBron comment.  Without Jordan, Pippin would not even be remembered.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:19 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Who made Scottie Pippen the vouce of the Bulls??? I'm thinking if you have a problem with Boozer, discuss  it in house....

The real issue is that had the Bulls won; Scottie would have never made the Lebron comment or the Boozer comment.

What really confuses me is that Scottie didn't do this much talking on his wife's TV show "Housewives of Miami".... Your wife doesn't have a fulltime job but you allow her to hire a nanny??? The nanny allows her to go around town and shop, have nices lunch's with her girls & burn gas in the expensive cars you have.... C'mon Scottie!!!!

Instead of commenting on everybody else, it might be a great idea to evaluate your own situation and realize that you're not so perfect yourself!

The nerve of some guys...

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:49 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

c'mon pip give hte guy a break people were saying the same about you during those migraine years..and if they had the internet back then you would've have been booed aout the building too


Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:18 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Good riddance to the Chicago Jazz Bulls!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:05 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Carlos Boozer has needed to work with a pick and roll point guard to be successful. Rose is an amazing scorer but is not yet to the Deron Williams level of point guard. Boozer is undersized and gets much of his production around the basket, much like Zach Randolph. Was he overrated? Yes. he was the bast Chicago could sign last summer and it was inevitable going into the summer that the losers in the sweepstakes would overpay for the rest.

Chicago might be better served to embrace what they have and support Boozer for what he can give them. The alternatives are not better and the cap space is gone to acquire them. It is puzzling how a team's fans can turn on an underperforming player rather than seeking to lift him to greater production. Perhaps this is a function of a disfunctional media which thrives on controversy and accusation. There is always someone to point fingers and utter dark depreciations against players.

Which leads me to ask - is Pippen mearly pandering to the Chicago public? Putting into words the consensus feelings to garner their support?

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:58 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I think you are right about these remarks must have been building up.  Don't blame Boozer for the money they thought he was worth.  As for blame, was there anyone among the Bulls who had a good series against the Heat?  Korver had nothing.  Deng?  So-so.  Who contributed beyond Rose?  The worst was Noah.  He looked more inept than as a young college player.  No one had to take him seriously when he is afraid to shoot an open 15 foot shot.  Maybe it is time to cut the Marge Simpson look and grow some dreds like his old man.  Watch the tape, Noah made silly foul after silly foul.  For being a below average shooter he should be able to pass or defend better than he does.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:26 pm

Pippen is right

And he SHOULD know about players they step up and those that don't.

He played with MJ so he knows what stepping up looks like (like playing through food poisioning).

He also knows what NOT stepping is like. Refusing to enter a game with 1,8 left. Claiming a migraine headache in the playoffs. Blowing a double-digit 4th quarter lead with what six minutes to go in Game 7.

Yep. Scottie should be an expert on THIS topic LOL.

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 8:41 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Quit making excuses.  It wasn't Boozer's liability that lost to Miami... it was the Bulls.  The Bulls got plastered like everyone else who faced the Heat.  They weren't the champs that everyone thought they were.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:30 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Not trying to make excuses for Boozer, but I also know that the Bulls would have never achieved the league's best record without him.

they kind of did .. he missed 23 games and of the 59 he did play, i would say he was bad more then good..

they won 62 games and he was there for the ride pretty much..

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:10 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

But Boozer played, right?? I mean, he didn't refuse to enter a playoff game, did he?? Did he?

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