Brad Rock: Now Chicago is growing weary of Boozer's injury-plagued ways

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  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    May 5, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Boozer has been hearing the boo-birds in Chicago....The Emperor Has No Clothes..
    His act is old..and his defense non-existant.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 4, 2011 6:24 p.m.


    it's Tony Allen...and i was pulling for us to grab him and/or battier during the trade deadline...Allen is definitely better than CJ Miles...and he would have been a pleasant defensive wing for our team...Zach Randolph was always been better than boozer...the problem with Randolph before is that he was a headcase...but that changed when he went to memphis...also another big guy that memphis has that we dont is the Tougher Gasol...Marc...he makes memo look like a schoolgirl...

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 4, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    AK has gotten a pass?


    Not a day goes by that I don't read commenters bashing the heck out of him not to mention this paper constantly discussing him as needing to be traded to unload his albatross contract and him not playing enough to warrant it.

    AK gets a pass around here?

    Don't think so.

    I hope we find a way to re-sign him. Sure he is injured some but so are alot of NBA players. He knows our system better than any player on our roster and he does soooooooo many things that many clueless fans don't recognize.

    Statistics show this team wins A LOT more when AK is on the floor getting 30 plus minutes a night.

    Re-sign him for a reasonable price and lets just realize he is what he is and I am fine with that.

    Boozer on the other hand? Zero character or integrity. Some things never change.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Still picking on Mr. Boozer. Slow news in SLC?

  • Large Tuna Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    At some point it's no longer Boozer's fault. I blame Chicago for taking on the risk. They knew what they were getting, he pulled this with the Jazz and the Cavs, and they still paid him the big bucks. The only way Boozer is going to learn is when people stop paying him to sit half the season. Until then, ownership of blame falls on the guy who writes the check, not the one who receives it.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 3, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    the reason why i would give AK a pass...just look at their bodies...Boozer is thicker...and more cut...AK...even though he isn't a wide body...he would continue to patrol the paint...sacrificing his body...would dive for the ball...go on and block a shot from the weak AK has been playing ball with grown men in russia at the age of 15...i'd still would want AK to be in the team...he brings intangibles...just dont let him shoot much at the outside...let him loose...make him cut through screens and through traffic...i don't see him starting...but AK could be a very good really hoping the Jazz get Shane Battier...

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 3, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Karl Malone was worth BIG money BECAUSE he was the mail man - he always delivered... including the playoffs. I have never understood what teams saw in Boozer. He is an undersized power forward that at best is a decent 6th man off the bench but certainly not worth the HUGE money teams pay him. The often injured Boozer always seemed to get overpowered during the playoffs when the Jazz would play teams with BIG power forwards AND Boozer's shooting touch seemed to always disappear in April and May.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    May 3, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Nobody calls out Kirilenko for his injuries and he gets a pass? You must not live in Utah. Listen to sports talk radio. Talk to fans. Kirilenko's history of injuries comes up as often as Boooooozer's. Even Greg Miller stated on KSL Sunday night that Kirilenko's duribility is an issue when deciding whether or not to resign him. A question was asked of a Jazz official on sports talk radio recently (to paraphrase) whether they would want an very good player who plays 60 games or a good player who plays 80. It was a roundabout way of asking whether or not they want to resign Andrei when he only averages 60 or so games.

    So, no, Kirilenko is not getting a pass on his history of injuries. Now, he seems like a more genuine guy than Boooooozer, so maybe fans do not have the same venom towards Andrei as Boooooozer. But AK is not getting a pass. It's a huge concern.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 3, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    same ole Boozer - disapears in the playoffs for the most part. Is he worth the big money?? NO WAY.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    May 3, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    No matter how much ink he puts on his body, (the leopard doesn't change his spots) Boozer will always find a way to be hurt, unless it is in a contract year.
    Then he only misses if he is really hurt.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 3, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Boozer is full of false hustle, you see it when he screams really loud after a big play to distract you from his monthly absences.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    And one. Well said.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    May 3, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Boozer, Kirilenko and KOC are poison to the Jazz. We are tired of the soft charmin players....Zach Randolph and a guy like Tony Allan of the Grizzlies epitomize everything Boozer and the Jazz do not have on their team.

  • splitme2 West Jordan, UT
    May 3, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    What a deal he has, an NBA welfare program! Get a lot of something for very little or no effort.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    Time-share on the injured list ...amde me laugh out loud~

  • Dog Fur Prather, CA
    May 3, 2011 11:38 a.m.


    stgjazzfan is right.

    Skin color has nothing to do with it. Much of the time that is a lame excuse. Just because we disagree with someone we must be racist. Ugh.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    May 3, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    AK gots his WP48 by filling up the stat sheet and in spite of Boozer being the focal point of the offense and DWill ignoring him on the court.

    Boozer's WP48 has dropped dramatically with his move to CHI. He is no longer the focal point of the offense. He also can't rip off WP48 (rebounds and shots) from Noah the way he did off of Memo and the rest of the team.

    Boozer was never a go to guy. He was too short and double, triple teams defeated him in clutch situations. It is simply too much to ask of a Boozer like player to go up against Bynum, Gasol, Odom and expect him to pull off Kobe like clutch circus shots.

    For the Jazz to win they have to boost the team WP48 by getting much more efficient and by adding more talent.

    AK made the players around him better. Boozer sucked WP48 off of all of the rest of the players. The Jazz were a playoff team built around Boozer/DWill but they would never be anything more than that.

    The Jazz need a couple more "right players" to contend. Also a better bench.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 3, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    AK is a mystery. He is very likeable and plays hard at times. What you see is what you get. However, it appears that when D-Wil "took over the team", he had AK in his "posse". Deseret News printed a list of players who were with D-Wil when he saw the news on tv. Miles and AK were the two who were of note. Obviously, AK is going to go the route of the "strongest personality". If this is Corbin, then hooray for the Jazz. If Corbin doesn't "step up", then the dominoes will continue to fall.

  • stgjazzfan Saint George, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    BJL, Ithink not... If this was true how do you explain the love dished out to Paul Millsap by most Jazz fans? It is caracter not skin color that matters. This is true of a certain Pres. also

    May 3, 2011 11:07 a.m.


    Fetch No There Is No Racism Against Boozer Because He Is Black And Andrei Is White, The Reason Is Andrei Has More Character Then Boozer Will Ever Have In His Life, Andrei Wants To Be Here And Wants To Be Paid Less, Boozer Didn't Want To Be Here And Wouldn't Take A Cut In Pay Ever. Andrei Admits Weakness, Boozer Brags About Nothing, He Didn't Like Us. He Hated Us The Only Reason He Remotely Played Hard Was To Woo Us To Get Our Money. Boozer Could Care Less About Playing, Andrei Wants To Play And Even Tried Last Year To Get Back But Ended Hurting His Calf Again. I Could Go On!!!! And Hint The Dude You Mentioned In Your Comment Has Done Diddly Squak, If You Would Just Wake Up And Smell The Air. I Would Go On But It Would Be Off Topic.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    Let the soft players walk, we dont want them or need them on this team.

    If the Jazz are going to be a force in the NBA, we will need guys that like to do the dirty work and fight and get nasty and attack every rebound, loose ball, foul hard and dont back down on every single play.

    This is the NBA and you are going to get banged up, no question about it, especially if you are considered to be a star for your team, you have to have players that are willing to play banged up and still be able to give your team enough to win, night in and night out, this is something that AK, Boozer, Memo have not been able to do for the Jazz.

    Let the frail over paid softies walk!

    GO JAZZ!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    No question Boozer is a great player. He understands the game well and knows where to be on the court. Boozer is, however, very questionable on his work ethic and commitment. He showed this in Cleveland, slightly, but it was worth a risk for the Jazz to take. Chicago decided to take the risk even with a long history of missed games and questionable injuries, and now people there are figuring him out. Boozer made probably the best decision of his career to come to Utah (any small market team would do) where he could really fly under the media's radar and still somehow increase his value in free agency. He's probably thinking that Chicago will be his last major payout and possibly the last stop in his career, since a tarnished image in such a prominent media city will limit large future payouts.

    Even if Millsap isn't Boozer I'll take his work ethic in a minute over Boozer. Remember the unpolished player Malone was when he started here? And look what he became. I am not saying Millsap will reach that status, but he can certainly get to Boozer status with some hard work.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    May 3, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    millsap's numbers were almost exactly the same as boz this year. boz missed half the year millsap missed 2 or 3 games. millsap made 7 mil boz 17. maby utah could trade him to chicgo too

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    May 3, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Well, there might possibly be another reason that those who are so quick to forgive AK47 are so quick to lambaste Boozer. This writer wasn't brave enough to consider it, but most fans do (in one way or another). Let's just say it has a lot to do with the same reasons some people won't give our current President any credit no matter how well he's doing. Hint--there is a bit of skin color involved.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 3, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Millsap will never, ever be as good as an offensive threat as Boozer. I told everybody I know the same thing before Booz was gone. I knew it would take the team down a notch. Boozer is a better rebounder as well. His defense is not great, but he fit in well in the Jazz system. Millsap is an average starter, and an above average bench player. Nothing more, nothing less. I like Jefferson. When Booz was on the court the jazz were good. His off court antics are annoying, but nothing to get offended over. That is just who he is. Glad he is in Chicago now, but jazz aren't as good without him.

  • Calgary Calgary, AB
    May 3, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    doug10, why do you need to make up numbers to make Boozer look better? AK was paid 21% more then Boozer, not 60%. All in all this article is right on.

  • Shawnm750 Lehi, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    @Doug10 - Boozer was AS reckless or MORE reckless with the press as Malone. He was always talking to ESPN about playing for other teams long before his contract with the Jazz was ever up. He clearly didn't want to be here, and we're better off without him.

    @grj - Chicago may still be in the mix, but it isn't because of Boozer. The guy managed to injury himself in the locker room before the season had even started!

    The Jazz are in a great position right now to shine next season. Yes, this season was lousy, and there's A LOT of work to be done in the off-season. But I think we've got some great talent, and if we drop some dead weight players, we could fill in those gaps, and make a well-rounded and competitive team.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Simple, he likes to play games to mommy and daddy when he was little and he does the same to Duke and all those NBA teams. He earned it just to be lazy and happy. Did you noticed last time at the Olympics, Coach K. didn't let him play much and benched him. After his contract is he will be done!

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    May 3, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Boozer and Shaq should both hang out together if they can manage that without getting hurt LOL !

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    May 3, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Chicago is going to win it all. Some guys are awesome and can play without rest for a bunch of games...and others can't. I'm sure every coach that signs Boozer knows he's gonna take breaks. I'm sure they tell him to take time off and say its an injury. Its just another way coaches find to rest thier players. Its easier for a coach and a player to tell the fans that a player is injured than to say "he's tired." If other teams know a guy is tired all the time they will work him over. Of course I'm a Bulls fan. I put up with Rodman as long as he got his numbers. I'm a Jazz fan too. If you're winning, no one cares how much time you take off. Fact is, the Jazz "system" does not bring out the best in the players its has. Jazz have great players, need new system.

  • grj Bountiful, ut
    May 3, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    @ Doug10:

    Well said with that last sentence!

    May I add: Chicago - still playing, Utah - golfing.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    May 3, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    @Doug10. I hear home prices are a bargain in Chicago. Boozer's a baby and I'm glad he's gone. I would take Milsap over Boozer without hesitation. Character matters.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 3, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    these comments are about as emotional as the author.

    to me it sounds like crying over spilled milk. Compare him to Malone and Malone was uncontrollable with the press. Never saw Boozer go to a LA radio station to work out his contract with Larry Miller.

    When the Jazz paid AK to miss 23% of his games and Boozer missed 28% yet AK got paid 60% more than Boozer. Boozer was entitled to miss more games based upon that line of reasoning.

    As fans and press you are not in a position to argue with the player yet the coach is and Sloan never once, not ever said Boozer was faking it. I trust him more than some member of the press who got offended because Boozer did not look him in the eye.

    Another thing the Jazz got from Boozer is what he was paid for (not pleasing the crowd) and that was giving them 20/10 year and out. Fewer than 5 PF's in the league performed like that.

    His numbers speak volumes and he was a star while he was here. Currently the Jazz are looking for another.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    May 3, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    Is anyone really that surprised? The guy gets a bruise and he is gone for half the season. Man I am glad Chicago is paying for this and not the Jazz.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    Boozer's philosophy: maximum money for minimum effort.

  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 3, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Not too good a role model for kids.

  • goitalone w bountiful, ut
    May 3, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Really? Ya think?

  • I say this Emery, UT
    May 3, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    The only time Boozer plays a full season is when his contract is about to be up.

  • md Smithfield, UT
    May 3, 2011 6:26 a.m.

    Same leopard, spots unchanged.

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 2, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    I guess Chicago thought that Boozer would perform differently?

    After behaving dubiously in Cleveland, Utah and now Chicago, will any team in the NBA want Boozer? I hope not. Guys like him need to learn a lesson at some point.

    What will Boozer do after the NBA? Not much work ethic. Hopefully he is a good saver and can retire and live comfortably the rest of his life.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 2, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    We tried to warn Chicago but they didn't listen. Now Carlos is their problem child. I'm just glad he's gone from the Jazz and that the future of team looks bright.

    Now if the ping pong balls can fall just right or if Jazz management can pull off a great trade.