In a season where every Chicago Bulls player needs to step up in the absence of Derrick Rose, no one player has been more disappointing than the over paid Carlos Boozer. The 30 year old veteran has averaged a measly 13.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game to start this season. A far cry from the high expectations he was given upon signing his max deal with the team. Despite consistent boos from his home crowd, and a fiery head coach waiting for him on the bench, his ineptitude has yet to waiver.
Carlos Boozer was brought in by the Bulls to be the second scoring option to their super star, Derrick Rose. It was believed that his ability to provide a post presence, and work the pick and roll game, would help vault the Bulls from up-and-comers to contenders. However, this has not been the case. Through his first 2+ seasons with the Bulls he has let his occasional glimpses of dominance be completely overshadowed by inconsistency and lazy defense.
It is no secret that Bulls’ head coach, Tom Thibodeau, focuses on defense first, a facet of the game that Boozer has shown little interest in improving upon. Fans of the Bulls join together in frustration as Boozer consistently steps away from contact under the hoop as opponents drive in to score. For this reason he has been no where to be seen at the end of games as of late. The Bulls forward can hinder the team so much that his coach can no longer trust him in the most crucial moments of the game.
I suppose Boozer could rest easy knowing the Bulls still owe him over $45,000,000 over the next three years. Fortunately, Boozer is now a near lock to receive the Bulls amnesty clause, eliminating his contract from the team’s payroll and tax obligations. If he wishes to remain in Chicago, Boozer must look for a way to reinvigorate himself or perhaps reinvent himself. Fans have grown restless of his presence on the floor of the United Center and would welcome the financial flexibility of watching Boozer move on to a new franchise.