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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: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 7:17 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Boozer turned out to be a dud ! But in his defense, Derrick Rose was basically a one man show all season and he only got other Bulls players involved when he had no choice ! Rose is a scoring PG meaning he thinks "score" before he thinks "pass" and a scoring PG is usually a liability ! Isiah Thomas was a pure PG meaning he knew when to score and when to get and keep his teammates involved !

Big men like PGs who pass the ball first rather than shoot and Rose thinks shoot before pass !  

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 4:42 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

As a Jazz fan all I can do is be thankful that Boozer is gone. He is living proof that you don't always get what you pay for.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 4:42 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

From a Bulls fan:
Well said peteg28 

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:51 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Nonsense, Golliver. It was a good, hard, old-school foul. Will these broadcasters and journalists ever stop talking like fag Oprahists?

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:31 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Give me a break, please. Players sell fouls in every sport, not just LeBron, and not just in the NBA. Get over it.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:28 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

The best thing about this Boozer foul is how the commentators acted as if it was such a violent foul.  Does anyone remember the 80's at all?  Calling all true NBA fans, lets harp back to the 80's for a second.  I will mention four teams and lets think about how they played.  Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Pistons...think about them for a second and then go back and watch that Boozer foul. You know what we call that, its a FREAKING PLAYOFF FOUL!!!  You want to drive to the rim, you are going to get hit and hit HARD.  Guys like Barkley, McHale, Laimbeer, Mahorn, Rodman, Parrish, Rambis, Malone, wanted to play at the rim, they were going to plant you flat on your ares.  You had to be strong enough to take a hit and deal with it.  Today's players are just a bunch of pansy's, they couldnt hold the jocks of the former stars who made this league must watch TV.  I would rather watch tapes of the Bad Boys play the Celtics any day over the garbage that is shoved down our throats and called "NBA Basketball"  Give me Showtime Lakers vs Celtics of 85 or 86 over anything that Lebron james does.
Today's NBA is no better then watch the WWE or any other fake professional scripted wrestling show.  Its a male soap opera now and really a shame to call it basketball.  I hope the NBA locks out and we dont have to see this horrible display of entertainment for a year. 

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:02 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Yeah, Boozer is a bust. We knew that. Yep, this was a punk, crap foul. Not unexpected. 

The thing that makes my skin crawl is how much crap LeBron gets away with. After watching his AMAZING acting job after Derrick Rose took an unsuccessful swipe at the ball (totally missing the ball AND LeBron), I was ticked, then appalled as he smiled and winked at the Heat bench as if to say, "Yeah, refs in my back pocket, fellas. Look what I just did!"

So, yeah, this was Boozer being a punk, but it was also LeBron acting as if an atomic bomb went off in his face when, in reality, if he had taken the ball to the hole like a man, Boozer's move wouldn't even have knocked him off course. Never been a Boozer fan, but I can tell you this: I will be a LeBron antagonist until he changes his ways.

Right now, basketball skills notwithstanding, he's the ungodly (and I mean that in its truest sense) combination of teacher's pet, class clown and school yard bully.

And I, for one, am disgusted. I thought this was basketball, but it's not. Turns out it's the NBA, which is looking less and less like basketball every season, and with every acting clinic that LeBron "I just won an Oscar" James puts on.

Can anyone or anything save the NBA from itself?

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:55 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

bulls clearly werent watching the utah jazz at all when boozer was there.... outside of his first year n half there he was often injuried and never never ever showed up when you needed him the most. we all knew bulls needed a good shooting guard but boozer plays up to his potential which is a player that can drop 25-30pts a night with 15 boards then bulls maybe sneak it out or atleast get to game 7. lets be honest nobody was shaking in the east when boozer got signed to the the bulls are stuck with him good luck with that.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:53 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

So now the world knows what Jazz fans have known for a long time. Boozer is NOT a winner. He is a stat sheet stuffer who wilts against good competition. See Jazz/Lakers. Pick a year. Same result. Enjoy Chicago.

El Matador is now your defensive liability.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:51 am

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Oops, typo in my post under this..I meant 'Without' instead of 'With' MJ by his side, Pippen never makes top 50...

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