Carlos Boozer, capsule Chicago Bulls
Position: Power Forward
Hometown: Born in Aschaffenburg, try West Germany and grew up in Juneau, Alaska
Elise’s Nursing Assessment:
Bulls fans have a love/hate relationship with Carlos Boozer. When he’s draining jump shots they want the first ticket on the Booze Cruise but when he’s slow on defense they want him out for good.
Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves had fans ready to sign his amnesty clause. Boozer went 0-5 shooting from the field and was 2-2 from the free throw line. The last time he had only two points in a game was March 14, 2012 against the Miami Heat. As an experienced player this is unacceptable. He’s either hot or extremely cold. Coach Thibodeau is aware of his fluctuation and doesn’t hesitate to put Taj Gibson in to get the game going again.
Boozer has always been a more offensive minded player which creates issues since the Bulls pride themselves on their defense. On his good nights he is a great player who uses being ambidextrous to his advantage. Unlike Joakim Noah, Boozer has a perfect looking jump shot. However, opposing players blow right past him to get to the basket as he is painfully slow on defense. At 30 years old, Boozer is five years past his prime as a player, and his age is beginning to show.
With only six games into the season, Boozer has not been putting up the points that he should be to help the Bulls stay afloat while Derrick Rose is out. While it’s still early, Boozer surely knows that Taj Gibson would be more than happy to take his starting spot. Boozer is set to make $47.1 million over the next three years and the Bulls recently signed an extension with Taj Gibson which raises the question of whether the Bulls will look into using the amnesty clause on #5. Gibson does not have the experience that Boozer has but he is more of a physical defender that complements Noah’s style of play at the post.
Nurse Elise’s Recommended Prescriptions:
- Be more aggressive. Draw some fouls, don’t avoid contact.
- Know when you’re hot and when you’re not. If you are having an off night shooting then focus on rebounds and creating opportunities for your teammates.
- Speed it up. You don’t have the height or long arms like Tim Duncan or Dirk Nowitzki so you have to be quicker.