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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: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:04 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Agree with HurricaneDJ--Boozer had all sorts of physical setbacks this year--but that seems to be his story, year after year. As I recall, he missed a lot of games when playing for the Jazz. Even so, he contributed to a very good season record for the Bulls. As far as Pippen goes, while I believe he played an integral part for the Bull Championship teams, he's also a neurotic type--the sort of person who turns on others or pouts out of insecurity. He's paid by the Bulls owner to be the "Ambassador to the Bulls" but he seems more interested in getting his name in the headlines, spouting off ill-thought out opinions, than serving the best interest of the Bulls.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 4:15 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

You get the sense that Boozer was never 100% this season.  He broke his hand to start the season, sprained his ankle twice, and then the turf toe in the Playoffs.  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. 

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:54 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

In all fairness to the rule changes it is not just the NBA. All pro sports have tightened up their rules. Look at the NFL, you cant breath on Manning or Brady with getting a 15 yard penalty. In hockey they have changed the fighting rules and baseball is getting ready to change the barreling into home rule.
Todays athletes are bigger ,faster and stronger and pack more violent punch then those of the past. This is why I understand the need for theses rule changes but i dont agree with them all. (NFL exspecialy)

As for the NBA I wish they would call fouls for all these dam flops you see every game. Is it not a way of cheating to pretend to get hit or bumped and then go flying 10 feet when you get barely touch. Causing someone to get penalized for something they didnt do seems like a cheat to me.
Either way , Boozers shot to LBJ's face needed to be called. If you let those kind of hits go unpunished then people like D.Rose wouldnt be in the NBA very long. If all you were gonna get was a foul to take someone out of a game then I'm sure we would be back to street ball NBA.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:51 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

The title of this article is kind of redundant. When is a liability ever reliable? It should be Boozer was unreliable, or Boozer was a liability.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:25 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Scottie !!! ????    come on man what r u talking about ??   lebron is a great player but he is NO MJ..

Jordan juices gotta be flowing now,,,  i can see an off season pay per view  MJ Vs. Lebron one on one up to 21

as far as Loozer goes..

watch the play, he barely got his feet off the ground and his arm went right over the ball and caught james in the face with his elbow..

He wasnt going for the ball, he went right for lebron head to take him out..

that type of play, along with missing easy shots under the basket, turnovers, and dumb ass fouls that either ends a bulls run or starts the opponents are reasons why fans are irritated with carloa boozer.. 

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:25 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Boozer was an embarassment and a clear liability to the bulls.  Remember, he had 2 flagrants in the series.  I think the other one was in game 2, and it ended up being a 4 point play.  Not playing well is one thing, but hurting your team with these ridiculous fouls is inexcusable.  Boozer was lazy, and cheap shotted the Heat time and time again.  He has no character.  Plus, a total liability on the offense.  He is not the answer for the Bulls.  Derek Rose needed his help, and he didn't get it.  Rose had a great series, just no Boozer to help.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:07 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I think there are a few teams that will regret getting all caught up in the hype of free agency last summer. Miami did great and their three aquisitions even lowered their price to make it work but Joe Johnson and Boozer. I think Bulls and Hawks over paid. Moving forward this will hurt their ability to bring in new pieces since the contracts are absolutely stifling. If Chicago can package Boozer and another piece or two to get lets say a Howard, they should do it.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:29 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Pippen, LBJ is better than MJ? Really? I'm just wondering, what has LBJ accomplish so far for him to be better than MJ? Without MJ, you would have been just another good player and not a great player. Dude, whatever you're smoking, time to put the pipe down and it's messing up with your head, big time. There could only be one MJ, one Kobe, and maybe, yes, maybe, only one LBJ.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:09 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Carlos Boozer was a good player in Utah. Why? The system that he played under, but most of all a point guard named Deron Williams. Utah just kept the same plays that Malone and Stockton used years ago. When Boozer was hurt [ which was a lot of the time }, Milsap played and was just as god if not better, the reason was Deron Williams once again. When he played with Cleveland, even they knew that he was not the player to play beside Lebron to win a ring. That is why he was not given the huge contract there that he desperately wanted, Most of the fans there thought it was a mistake to let him go, but perhaps there opinion has changed. In the recent playoffs against the Heat, he just did not show up, showed no leadership, though he was the most experienced player on the team, and his backup, Gibson, seemed to play better and have much more heart, much more. The Bulls are stuck with him for several years, due the ridiculous guaranteed contracts given out in NBA sports. Though Gibson has more talent, he will either ride the bench, aka Paul Milsap, or play a minimal role in the Bull's plans. This cannot help the Bulls attempt to win a championship against , especially with the Heat looking so dominant. I am not a Bull's fan, but am a Hawk's fan, that has the same problem as the Bulls, with Joe Johnson. Life goes on.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:29 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Florida Boltfan....

I think you misread my empathy for the NBA as hatred for James.  In all honesty, i could careless about lbj and his supposed greatness.  I think the guy is a great talent yet a punk at the same time.  Does he whine and complain, you bet your ares he does.  Did  he quit on the Cavs, you know he did.  This isnt a lbj thing, this is an NBA thing.  The foul from Boozer wasnt anything different from what used to be called just a normal foul in the 80's, then it became a playoff foul in the 90's, now its like you committed a crime in the 00's.  I am not a MJ fan, and really dont like Pippen.  I have and always will be a Bad Boys fan, and nothing will change that.  Now i respect what MJ could do, but I know the NBA changed rules to make it easier on Jordan and the Bulls.  The NBA knew it had a star in Jordan and they knew that unless they made it easier for Jordan to do his thing and get rid of the Pistons they would never see him reach the heights he did.

You were right, Worthy was a true finesse player, except when it came to the playoffs and meeting the Celtics or Pistons.  That elbow shot he threw against the Pistons in the finals sure showed him to be a soft player.  Worthy was a great player, but he had a mean streak.
Now most people will call the Bad Boys a flash in the pan, hooligans, cheap shot artist, and the most hated team ever in the NBA.  But when it came to playing the game hard, they were the best at it.  They might not have had the "players" or "stars" everyone else had, but they let you knew when you came into the lane you were going to get put down.  Its why I loved the NBA until they decided to protect their stars unlike when they just let them play.  Barkley would lay out Laimbeer, and Laimbeer would do the same back.  McHale would try to drop Rodman, MaHorn would take out McHale or Bird.  That was basketball, todays NBA is just a joke.
Watch how guys like james can drive the lane, get a light bump and get a foul.  Then enter a guy not named James take the same drive, get a worse bump and not get a call.  You call it getting star treatment, i call it the killing of the NBA and its fans that dont live in LA, South Beach, or Boston 

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