Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh get a lot of flack for masterminding The Big Three in Miami. People don’t like that they (allegedly) got together and (allegedly) discussed their collective future at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before agreeing to join forces to form the most disliked team since the late-80s Pistons. In fact, there were those that joked that Dwyane Wade should have won this year’s Executive of the Year award since he was the one who (allegedly) masterminded this dubious plan. More than 11 people have said something along the lines of “I don’t care that they got together, I just don’t like that they planned it out.”

So you have to wonder how those people would feel about Carlos Boozer admitting he told Joakim Noah he wanted to come to the Bulls, even though he was still playing for the Jazz. From the Chicago Tribune:

Rose recalled how a month before last season ended, Boozer told him to make sure to contact him about joining forces. There was talk Boozer’s No. 1 choice was to sign with the Heat because his three boys live in Miami and he still owns a house in the area.

That was far from the message Boozer relayed to Noah.

“I just told Jo that if I leave Utah, this is where I want to come,” Boozer said. “I was like, ‘You and I could lock down the middle. D-Rose’s potential is through the roof. And Luol (Deng) is a versatile as anybody.’ … We can ride out and do some good things.”

Ha. I like how Boozer adds in the “…if I leave Utah” part, like there was ever any doubt that he was going to leave the Jazz. Way to cover your tracks, Carlos. Smooth.

But really, this just goes to show you how ridiculous it is to criticize the Heat for colluding, when that’s obviously the case everywhere. Boozer admitted to it. Ron Artest admitted he confronted Kobe Bryant in the shower and told him he wanted to be a Laker. Chris Paul talked about Carmelo Anthony becoming a Knick at Melo’s wedding. This sort of thing happens all the time, so let’s hate the Heat for other reasons, OK? OK.

Furthermore, let’s all admit that it’s pretty hilarious that Carlos Boozer’s pitch to Joakim Noah involved defense (“locking down the middle”) and Luol Deng’s versatility. That’s like a television company offering you a great new deal on glitchy standard definition service and “a pretty good amount of channels.” The fact that he probably screamed this idea at the top of his lungs and punctuated the conversation with a bellowed “AND ONE!” makes it even more funny.

Comments (15)

  1. Boozer forgot to add “GIMME THAT SH*T!” to the end of his quote. Unrealistic.

  2. “so let’s hate the Heat for other reasons, OK?”

    Ok. I’ll hate them because:

    1. They’re all arrogant douchebags (which is only tolerable if they’re the Bulls)
    2. They believe they’re entitled to titles
    3. They complain that teams play them hard (wahhh)
    4. ESPN, and the NBA world in general, has its lips firmly wrapped around the metaphorical cock of the Heat
    5. The name of the team is actually the HEAT (all caps) not the Heat and that angers me irrationally
    6. The Big 2.5 (or as Shaq said, Miami has a good 1-2 punch) basically dicked around 6 teams for months, when they knew years beforehand that they’d join up like this
    7. They, the Miami Heat, are loyal according to Wade (but, he doesn’t know about those Bulls, I mean where’s Jordan and Pippen, forgetting that Pippen is actually employed by the team, and Jordan had front-office aspirations) fire their entire season ticket sales staff within a week of James & Bosh declaring, effectively putting 30 people out onto the street during a recession. And they still can’t sell out games IN THE PLAYOFFS!
    8. LeBron is either incapable or unwilling to understand why everyone hates him now. He thinks it’s because he made the choice to leave Cleveland (which, I suppose for Cleavelanders, is true), not that he made a spectacle about the entire thing (viz. The Decision), rubbed his hometown franchise into a pile of dung on national television, has continued to make it sound like they were lucky to be graced by his presence… erm, I mean his talents, and on top of that all, he used children in an attempt to form a shield from criticism.
    9. The ‘Big 3′ had a celebration for 7 championships before training camp even started.

  3. Have you seen the size of Boozer’s nose,width and depth.Unbelievable.

  4. See now, those are good reasons.

  5. Gooooooo David! :)

  6. People would hate the heat even if they donated their contracts to charity. Every word out of their mouth has to be followed by an “I’m sorry” one week later.

  7. Doesn’t Noah look like the guy from LMFAO on this picture ?

  8. David, if I may:

    10) LeBron runs his mouth and taunts the Cavs bench in the midst of a complete blowout.

    7649) LeBron claims “nature called” as the reason he missed the pregame introduction during the latest game against the Cavs in Cleveland. Turns out the basketball gods took a shit on the Heat (or, evidently, HEAT).

  9. The only players in the league that seem to NOT be arrogant assholes are rose and some players with little talent…. If you think Lebron and Wade are the only ones, think again.

  10. @Steve, didn’t you see my hypocritical addendum to #1: it would be tolerable if they were on the Bulls. Believe me, Jordan was an arrogant asshole, but he was a Bull so I loved it. I don’t think I’d like it that much if LeBron took his talents to Chicago (never did like him much), but I’d root for the guy cuz of the uniform.

    But you’re right, many if not most players in pro sports are arrogant douchebags, and I don’t like most of them. I do like guys who aren’t like that, such as Kevin Durant, Shane Battier, and a handful of others.

    However, I still listed 8 other reasons to not like that organization, and Sunny a couple posts above added 2 more good ones.

  11. @David you definitely put forth many strong points for why people should dislike the Heat, however I disagree with you that it is tolerable for anyone on the bulls to be arrogant. I think CHAMPIONS have the right to be. After this season, these bulls may be in that category though so we’ll wait and see, right?

  12. @Steve – totally agree, which is why I conceded that it was hypocritical. Being that I’m a Bulls fan and all. I imagine that a fan of any team would tolerate that stuff on their team if the team is successful and the player is a significant contributor.

  13. @David — To tell you the truth, as much as I love the Bulls, if LeBron came to Chicago, I’m not entirely sure I would cheer for him. I mean, look at Jay Cutler with the Bears. Just because he dons the jersey I love so much, it doesn’t compensate for his overly douchebaggy disposition.

  14. When Boozer says they can ‘lock down the paint’ it means “hey Noah, I’ll stand here for the rebound while you guard everyone else.”

    And one.

  15. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I believe that you should publish more about this issue, it might not be a taboo matter but typically people don’t talk about such issues. To the next! Cheers!!

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