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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: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:41 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Boozer plays like an undersized power forward....Yes, he's hardnosed & crafty under the hoop but his size & lack of hops make it hard for him to score against tight defense...He does give it 100% & noone can dispute he's had a very decent career..As players go, he's a very decent scorer & rebounder...Is he a star? Heck no...He was paid to be the Bulls #2 guy & that wasn't happening....Bur don't blame him Scotty..He tries hard but has limitations...Blame your teams mgmt. if anything....As they say, he is who he is....Bosh was more highly sought after during free agency & obviously rightfully so....As far as him saying Lebron being better than MJ, that's an insult to the player who made Pippen famous...With MJ by his side, no way Pip makes the top 50 ever list...He prob. wouldn't even have a mic in his hand to make his comments...He'd be about as remembered as a Larry Johnson or Maurice Lucas who were very good players but far from legends...And Pippen isn't even close to being as good as Wade. Bosh is arguably Better than Pippen...So Lebron has much better running mates than MJ....MJ is the better player based on stats, hardware & what the eyes have seen thus far......




Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:20 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I agree with Pippen on his comments regarding Boozer. The Bulls needed Boozer and he failed to step up. As for the comments about LBJ being better than Jordan, that's the dumbest ish I've heard in years. Scotty should be out there kissing Jordan's #ss. Jordan made Pippen. With out Jordan, nobody would even know who Scotty Pippen was.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:15 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

lebron better than mj?  what is scottie smoking?!!!

 

More like what is he inhaling.




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:13 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

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.


What a class moron Pippen is. This is the same gutless wonder who begged out of the final seconds of a game. Without Jordan, he'd be ringless and just another good player who was a second banana.

Earth to dumbarse...

The Heat were the better team. Blaming Boozer, Rose or anyone else is pointless. The Heat simply shutdown their top gun when the game mattered most. Give them credit, don't beat up the Bulls.

Once Jordan retired, Pippen proved he couldn't get it done without him. He has zero credibility here. No one wilted more under the pressure when he was the main guy. Jordan made him.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:00 am
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Hmm, I bet Michael Jordan can still school Lebron James and his massive ego. As for Pippen criticizing Boozer. That's OK because Pippen did it as part of his job as a sports analyst. Now unless he was just speaking his mind as a frustrated Bulls fan then he was way out of bounds!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

I agree with Pip.  I know Boozer has talent, but there was a reason Thibs sat Boozer so much during these playoffs.  I remember Boozer getting blocked a bunch of times and its not just this series vs the Heat.  Something about his game with the bulls just hasn't worked out.  The Bulls need a scorer and need it bad.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

JDClineMSU, it wouldn't matter if the Lord God himself said what Pippen did, Golliver and anyone else for that matter would have the absolutel right to call him on it and suggest that maybe he was getting out of control. No one is above criticism, especially when it comes to something as trivial as this.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Pippen is my all-time fav player so take this with bias.
Pip is a fan too. I think he speaks truth on Boozer. Just voicing frustration the day after a very disheartening loss. He definitely keeps it real, no sugar coating. Like when he went in the locker room during the Indiana series and told the Bulls they have to fight back.

On the Lebron thing? IDK. A misguided statement I think. The only thing Lebron has on Jordan is the ability to defend 1-4 where Jordan really only guarded 1-3. But Jordan is equal to the defensive task and definitely a better all around not to mention all the championships.

On this one, I think Scottie was just trying to get a blurb out there to help further his sportcasting career. ;)



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

SCOTTIE PIPPEN IS ONE OF THE 50 GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME, AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO WRITE "As for Pippen, Pass the mic and take a month off to chill out"?

Scottie would also be in the "Top 50 All Time Most Jealous" team as well.  He never could deal with MJ being the star.  Scottie had his chance to win one without MJ, but couldn't take the Bulls to the promise land.   LeBron has had an incredible playoffs thus far, but you can't compare him to MJ yet.  Jordan was more dominant and CONSISTENT than LBJ has shown thus far in his career.

As for Carlos Boozer.... He was as bad of a FA signing as the 76ers going after Elton Brand.  Common thread....two Duke players.  How many Duke players end up being TOP quality NBA players? 



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Pippen: Carlos Boozer was an unreliable liability

Can I ask something, Ben Golliver? WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? SCOTTIE PIPPEN IS ONE OF THE 50 GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME, AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO WRITE "As for Pippen, Pass the mic and take a month off to chill out"? I believe he has earned the right to say whatever he pleases, where and when he wants.

This is absolutely garbage.   


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