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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 5, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:24 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I can agree with you that Noah was a bigger dissapointment than Boozer but Noah wasn't the off season move thats getting paid millions for a below average performance.
I wont agree with your view on the Boozer foul. He made no attempt at the ball and made no adjustment to keep from clothslining LBJ's face.
No doubt that should be called a flagrant foul. Your argument would of only made sense if James shoot from his face in which he doesnt and I cant think of a single NBA player that does. Kinda funny to think you would use that as leverage for your conclusionl lol.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:06 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I saw a guy foul James hard, how many times do you see someone not foul hard enough that someone as big & strong as James finishes for a 3 point play. I only wish that at times the Sixers fouled Heat players that hard in that series. James didn't get a shot off, Boozer came across in a more open side of the court mismatch. Where Boozer's arm came across James prohibited him from getting the shot off. This wasn't flagrant, because if James brings the ball up to shoot it, he may very well have been fouled on the play, but Boozer get's all ball and not James face. It was an aggrssively contested drive to the basket and shot. As for Boozer as a liability, he scored some points, who I thought the bigger liability, was Noah, he had a fantastic game 1, but let's face it, he disappeared after that. His remark & fine was more air time than he received for his game contributions.

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:05 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

<em>Pippen needs to shut up !!  If it wasn't for MJ he'd have zero rings...  Abbasador for the Bulls my ass...More like an Embarrasser !!<br />Stop already ...  Everytime you open your mouth you put your foot in it....</em>

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:05 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

knucklehead, you are an idiot by all means.

No where did I say that the game wasnt physical in the 80's and 90's.
Your hate for LBJ has clouded your judgement and makes you look like the idiot on this board.

HGH really?
Thats the best you can come up with for LBJ being more athleticly built than most people.
Then you put  MJ > LBJ  what do you think this statement makes you a genius? Wow to think you and the rest of us believe the same thing. Your right this does make you brilliant, captain obvious.
Next time you should chime in on something that everybody else hasnt already said.

For the record, Pippen did say that he thought MJ was the best at scoring and that LBJ was the best all around to play the game. This not only makes Pippen look like a jerk but it also shows that he is no differant than Sir Chuck when it comes to spouting off before he thinks.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:42 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Knuckler: One other thing.  My idols are Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Lenny Moore,  Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:32 pm

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Knuckler:  I'm 65 and have watched and attended professional sports since I was 5.  I just don't get the accusation about LBJ.  I appreciate greatness and agree that LBJ will have to win multiple titles before he can be in a class with Jordan.  I just can't stand it when people, in this case you, make accusations that have no foundation other than your own wishful thinking.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:30 pm

Boozer is a Liability; LeBron will Never Equal MJ

Can't say I'm surprised about Boozer.  He is just a bad fit for this Bulls team.  Really, next year Boozer should be coming off the bench.  Front line should be Asik, Noah and Deng with Gibson and Boozer coming off the bench.  The Bulls need to allow Asik, Gibson and Noah to develop offensively since they are the only guys who can play consistent defense.  Boozer is short, slow afoot, with bad hands, a slow release on his jump shot and can't jump.  He will never fit what the Bulls need from a PF and can't remain a starter with so much talent on the bench waiting to develop.  As for LeBron, he has gaudy stats, but does not have the basketball IQ or killer instinct to even equal, let alone surpass Michael Jordan.  He's bigger and has one more assist and one more rebound per game on average, but can't score like Jordan and can't take over games like Jordan.  He doesn't have Jordan's will.  And, of course, he can't close like Jordan.  He is more akin to Magic in disposition, not Jordan. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:57 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Jr. High?  Really? That's the basis of your assumption that he is clean?  Maybe once you get out of Jr. High and finally take the Lebron posters off the wall you will realize the world isn't perfect and neither are your heroes. 

Where is your indignation over all of the unsupported hate on Boozer, Jordan, and Pippen?  Or does it only apply to those whose jersey you wear?

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:53 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

what a waste of $80 mil.  Boozer looked slow all series.  What is with the short-arm, overhand layup finishes near the rim?  He doesn't have the touch for that nonsense.  That guy should be finishing every single play near the basket with a dunk.  Worst signing of the biggest offesason in NBA history. 

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:49 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Jazz fans know that Scottie Pippen is right about Carlos Boozer - and wrong about MJ vs Lebron. Boozer is not a guy you can trust in clutch situations - and Jordan was the greatest clutch player of all time. As for Lebron fans - wake me up when Lebron wins a championship - or six.

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