Hey, Bulls fans. Want to get even more mad at Carlos Boozer than you already are for him going 1-11 and being such a nothing on the court that he didn’t play the final 16 minutes of a season-ending playoff game despite the fact he’s the Bulls’ highest-paid player?
If so, this should do it. From ESPN:
“I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was,” Boozer said, when asked to asses his second season in Chicago. “We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.”
This should go over pretty well, I’m guessing. I mean, I think all basketball fans agree that what matters the most is having the best record in the regular season, even if that means you lose in the playoffs while, again, sitting the final 16 minutes of the season’s last game because you couldn’t make a shot if your life depended on it. That is what REALLY matters. Not silly championships or showing up when your team needs you because they’re missing their two best players.
Except, obviously, the exact opposite of that paragraph. This definitely won’t go over well, and for a professional athlete, all that matters is winning a championship, even if you didn’t finish with the best record in the league. Do you think Dirk Nowitzki cares that the Mavericks had a three seed last year? Nope.
Carlos Boozer had a solid season, seems to be a great teammate and even realized that painting his hair on wasn’t a good idea, but Bulls fans hate him, especially when compared to ostensible replacement, Taj Gibson, who always plays hard, defends like crazy and is good for a huge, momentum-shifting dunk every couple of weeks. Outside of elbowing James Harden in the skull, casually mentioning that regular season success is “all that matters” in the wake of the a depressing playoffs loss might be the worst possible way to win back fans. For a player that everyone already despises, this isn’t going to help, yo.
(via SB Nation)