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Noah wants Bulls fan to back off Boozer

Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

That wasn't "Booooooooz" or "Boo-urns" they were saying. It was just straight "boo."

Long, loud boos directed at one specific player.

Bulls fans have grown increasingly frustrated with Carlos Boozer has he's been less than terrific in the postseason to go with a somewhat unspectacular regular season. The $80 million man is averaging just 10.3 points per game on 38 percent shooting in seven playoff games thus far.

The result? Not just some scattered booing, but loud, obvious booing when Boozer checks out and in from games. Fellow Bulls big man Joakim Noah told the Daily Herald that he's heard enough of it.

Noah asked fans to “support every one of us,” and it was obvious what he meant. The fans are getting restless with power forward Carlos Boozer…

“I love our fans. We have the best fans in the NBA, no question about it,” Noah said. “But I understand our fans are very demanding and that can be very good and in some aspects that can be bad, as well.

“Carlos is in a situation where he’s hurt and he’s giving us everything he can. I’ve been in the position where I’ve been booed before in the United Center and I know to get to where we want to get to, we need Carlos. We should be supporting him. I don’t understand that.”

Boozer of course has been battling a turf toe/ligament issue the past few games and appears to sort of be gutting it out. But as the Chicago offense continues to look pedestrian and centered entirely around Derrick Rose, Bulls fans don't care about valid excuses. They want results. And right now, the regular season's best team isn't giving them very good ones and a lot feel Boozer is to blame.

They're right in the sense that the Bulls need Boozer playing at a high level in order to challenge for a championship. Chicago had issues with Indiana and it's no sure thing that the Bulls are advancing past the Hawks at this point. A big reason is the output from Chicago's starting power forward. Just 10 points and long disappeances isn't cutting it right now.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:37 am

Noah wants Bulls fan to back off Boozer

Not sure what Boozer's situation is, but my take on fans booing their own players is.....if a player isn't hustling or giving full effort, they deserve to be booed. But if a player is putting forth a full effort, even if the results don't match the effort, fans should lay off. All you can reasonably ask of any person is that they give a full effort and try their hardest.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:25 am

Noah wants Bulls fan to back off Boozer

Same crappy postseason play he gave to the Jazz.  Enjoy his bloated contract Chicago, at least you have Derrick Rose!

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:09 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:25 am

Noah wants Bulls fan to back off Boozer

Fans can be so fickle. Boozer is playing injured and is giving his all. Laying off will help him get on track more than giving him the gears everytime he plays.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:53 pm

Noah wants Bulls fan to back off Boozer

I kind of feel bad for the Booze. Not VERY bad, but bad. It has only taken him one year to get to the exact same level with the fans that it took five years to (under) achieve in Utah. It looks to me like Boozer plays for the money. He doesn't play to win or for his team, and he certainly never would "gut it out," even "sort of." He's the kind of guy that sees another guy get injured and has to sit out a game.
Sorry, Bulls fans. Cleveland and Utah could have told you what you were getting in to.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:53 pm

Noah wants Bulls fan to back off Boozer

Sorry Noah, BOOzer deserves all the booing from the fans. I'm not saying BOOzer is to blame for the erratic play by the Bulls so far but I do feel that he is not contributing enough. If he is too injured to play and it's effecting his play making, than sit on the bench and get it healed 100%. Don't be on the court when you are not helping the team but infact, hurting them instead. Noah, if you are playing as bad as BOOzer is now, believe me, you too will be booed. Peace.

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