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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 ESPNChicago.com, 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.
Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:22 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

HGH = LBJ.  And the proof of this is where.  Has he been taking it since jr. high when everyone knew he was going to be great?  This is the kind of crap that haters spew when they don't get the result they want.



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

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Florida  Boltfan  - Maybe you should have paid more attention during the 80's and 90's because ConeyDave is right on the money.  The NBA rules in the 80's and 90's allowed for a more physical game. 

Perhaps your love towards LBJ has you posting stuff that you know nothing about.

Here's what I know:

Scottie Pippen's comments on Boozer were reasonable from an analyst's point of view as well as from a fan's regardless of someone's opinion on Scottie himself.

Genetic Freak = HGH

HGH = LBJ

MJ > LBJ




Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:46 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Boozer choking in the playoffs?  Who could imagine such a thing?  This is exactly what he has done every year in his entire career.

 He is a good regular season guy who plays solid and racks up numbers that make him look much better than he is.  However he is not a star he never takes over games, he doesn't score or rebound well in the intensive defense of the playoffs.  He is undersized and a step slow to compete against any of the league's first class big men.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:32 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

     No doubt the Boozer signing wasn't the greatest ever, however does anyone not think the guy is injured?
Seems pretty obvious to me. Everyone in the media always lives in the moment and forgets about thepast.
Look at pau gasol in this years playoffs, he sucked. does that wipe out what he did the last three playoffs?
     The fact is in this article they point out that before this year boozers playoff averages were 20/12.
I think its wise to hope boozer stays healthy instead of calling his career over.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:00 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

ConeyDave....
Very stupid post. McHale , Parrish, Worthy???  You claim they would put you on your arse if you went to the hole? 
Just what games did you watch and see this? Two of those three were finesse players (Worthy, McHale).

Your hate towards LBJ is really pathetic at this point. It is causing you to post shit you know nothing about it.
If you were around back in the 80's & 90's to watch the NBA then you were probley one of those that loved Scottie Pippen and pronounced him as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Now that Scottie has said something that doesnt give all the glory to MJ people are now posting how he was nothing more than a MJ coat tail rider. Wierd thing is that I said this during all those championship runs and caught alot of slack for it.

To many people idolize MJ for being such a great player in the NBA. Truth be told is was a gifted athlete with shoesole morals. The guy was or still is a womanizer, a gambling addict , a showboat , and was one of the worse teammates a guy could have the first few years of his career. People talk about LBJ as being a baby and getting calls to always go his way. Well go watch some older Bull footage and tell me that everyones beloved MJ didnt get the same treatment. Always whinned with a smile and is still today the best traverler to ever play the game.

I'm not meaning to put down the greatest player to ever play the game but LBJ isnt so different from him as far as knowing what it takes to get what you want in the NBA. LBJ is probley the greatest genetic freak to ever play the game to this point but not the greatest player by no means. MJ will always have that title.

For all you idiots that compare the NBA to the WWE, you need to go watch Sena and the the Rock a little more and just leave the NBA out of your visual perspective. Basketball is a contact sport but it's not suppose to be a full contact sport. Thats why they call fouls.



Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:59 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Carlos Boozer is a product of Duke basketball, meaning he is a soft player. But if theres one thing he should know its how to be smart on the court, when he cant even do that he finds himself on the bench at the end of games in favor of Gibson who is much tougher. Pippen has some sour grapes obviously and hes smokin some crack or has a vendetta against Jordan, the greatest ever. Lebron might be the most physically gifted all around athlete to ever play but hes no MJ or will he ever be.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:57 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

With that max deal, Boozer isnt going anywhere.  Amazing how one deal can screw a team...Isiah Thomas might now something about that.

Where it states that we expected Boozer to fail, thats incorrect.  Maybe I am odd with money, but if my team signs a guy to a deal like that, I expect him to thrive in these kinds of games, to not go up soft against small (but good) Heat bigs.  The guy has the talent, but he just doesnt seem to have the heart.  He was more worried about Prince getting tickets to the game than guarding anyone.  



Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:47 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I dont know if they can, but they should kick Boozer out an get Howard.....now that would be fun...



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:16 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

if i had boozer as my goto guy this year i would shoot first also! CMON MAN its simple D ROSE AND YOU need to understand that 3 is better than 1  im jus sayin!



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 7:44 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

The Bulls need an upgrade at the power forward position. Boozer is a solid player,but his performance in the playoffs says otherwise. He was a product of the Jazz offense(pick and roll). The Bulls need a athletic power forward that can also post-up as well as another scorer that can provide help to Rose in order to take some of the pressure off of Rose. Cool


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