Utah Jazz: Boozer vanishes in Game 5

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  • BOO-zer
    April 29, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    He vanished in game 5?...gee I think he vanished during the entire regular season. Was he EVER here? Here's hoping he vanishes from the Jazz organization forever!

  • Boozer is gone
    April 28, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Boozer is not worth the money - no where near . His inconsistant soft play doesn't cut it.

    April 28, 2009 6:50 p.m.


    Only in game 5?

    Not during the last 10 games of the season?

    Not during his time in SLC?


  • louisiana jazzman
    April 28, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    agreed should have left the same 5 on the floor why call a time out and stop the momentum? soon as dwill came in missed a lay up milsap wide opean underneath dident pass then all of them missed lay ups. price awsome. what everybody been saying all year play price

  • BigJazzFan
    April 28, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    IT like have been saing all year,

    he gets payed like big star,

    but doesn't make a difference like one.

    He was healthy last season and was hurt this season,

    and the jazz have about the same record.

    also same outcome in the playoffs.

    Boozer does NOT make a difference,

    your money is better spent elsewhere,

    and he is not a true big man, atleast not the type that can help you win championships.

  • Rich
    April 28, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of fans who ignore Boozer's offensive output while being critical of his defensive liabilities. The former pros who are commentators on TV have that ability, but few of the talking heads with no background in coaching or playing basketball do. Most of those guys, including newspaper reporters, have a difficult time talking about anything other than points, rebounds and assists. And yet you cannot win without good defense. When you have a huge hole in your defense, everybody else has to try to fill in, and that leaves outside shooters open. Poor old Korver had to leave his man constantly to try to help out poor Boozer. And what's even more maddening is when somebody needs help from Boozer, and he refuses to leave his man. A good friend and I replayed many of the Jazz defensive plays in slow motion, and it was disgusting how often Boozer was the chief reason the Lakers scored. Boozer played good defense in maybe 1 1/2 games out of the five Laker matchups. Regardless of his points, he was atrocious. Can he learn? I have my doubts.

  • @future
    April 28, 2009 5:07 p.m.

    You're putting Bosh and Wade in the same category? Bosh isn't a superstar, he's the same caliber as boozer, minus the lack of defense. Rumors are Bosh is getting old of the same old song and dance in toronto. Plus if Bosh is a bust, his contract expires next season, just in time to save an extension and try to get something else in the big free agency off season. Only catch is, we can't get Bosh, or anyone else in that pay range, unless Boozer doesn't opt out because we have to trade for people like him. I say if boozer stays, trade him and almond, maybe a draft pick, for bosh. If he opts out, throw some money at odom and see if he bites.

  • LF
    April 28, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    Barkley was quite explicit last night when he said "you don't pay $100 million to someone unless they can take you over the mountain". He doesn't think Boozer can do that.

  • NBA Pay Realities
    April 28, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    Boozer would love to get max money. He and his agent know that will not be the case due to his play and new economic realities. The Jazz are not even really able to afford his option year ($12 million+) if as O'Connor says they will sign Millsap.

    REALITY: Boozer will opt out and he will get at least $10 million a year for 5 years from a team. The current CBA means it will be guaranteed and that means $50 million which is more than $12 million.

    QUESTION: Will the Jazz be dumb enough to try and match that kind of a deal?

    ANSWER: They will look at the durability factor and decide that additional injuries are most likely in Boozer's future and then decide invest their limited salary cap space in some new players.

    SPECULATION: Boozer will be wearing a Detroit Pistons uniform next season.

    April 28, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    Is the only one that will put a body on someone? The guy is like four feet tall, and won't take any crap from anyone. Even the Hallowed Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. I would take ronnie price, Deron Williams, Paul Milsap, and Brewer and start a new team. Price plays like the jazz should play. Any arguements, ask Jerry Sloan.

  • CL
    April 28, 2009 1:46 p.m.

    Boozer will generally get his double double, but he does not help the other guys do their best as well. The only way his contribution will mean something is if he can mesh with the other guys and influence them to perform as a well oiled machine when he is on the floor (including defense). It is just the opposite. They seem to just stand around and wait for Booz and Dwill to do it all offensively, and take Boozer's cues for just standing there defensively. We need to do a sigh and trade on him, and get someone who can contribute to team chemistry and be a good defender.

  • See you later Loozer
    April 28, 2009 1:34 p.m.

    The only reason he came here to utah in the first place is because of all the money he was offered. Now he could likely get at least that much from anybody else in the league. But that's okay, I never really liked him much anyway. It seems like he's always the first one to hang his head when things get tough and he rarely ever shows any heart when it counts the most, especially on the road. This is why the majority of Jazz fans prefer milsap over him. He doesn't have as much natural talent, but he plays his heart out every minute on the floor.

    All I an say for you now Carlos is enjoy the Palm beaches in Miami. We all know that's where you're going to end up.

  • JT
    April 28, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    AK's max contract may be a millstone on the salary cap, but the Jazz have no defense without him. They can't and shouldn't offer Boozer max money but $12 million a year would be about what he's worth. When he's healthy. Paul Millsap's too short to be the long-term PF solution. If only D-Will could convince Bosh to come here...

  • rvalens2
    April 28, 2009 1:10 p.m.

    When Boozer decides not to opt out (which I believe he will do) I predict this will be his take on his decision to stay.

    "I feel that I owe it to the Jazz and Utah fans to make up for my injury plagued season. Things didn't quite go the way I had hoped ... and for that I'm sorry."


    "As it turns out, I can't get the big bucks I want so I might as stay and take the paltry millions the Jazz are paying me. I had really hoped my play would have been significant enough for me to get the MEGA contract I wanted. But you know ... life isn't always fair."

    Note to the Jazz front office:

    If he does opt to stay, please make a trade and send him elsewhere. He's poison on this team.

  • future
    April 28, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    I highly doubt Bosh, D. Wade, or any superstars are coming to Utah as free agents. Tell me the last time a true all-star signed to come to SLC (Boozer and Okur were not stars at the time they signed).

  • Voice of Reason
    April 28, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    With fans like these, Boozer should leave. It's amazing how some Jazz fans will focus only on his sub-par game 5, forgeting that Boozer had four great games and was easily the Jazz's best player this series. If not for his play in game 3, the Jazz get swept.

    In fact, Boozer's only had one bad playoff series for the Jazz ('08 against LA). He was awesome in '07 when the Jazz went to the conf. finals. Anyone remember his 35 pts and 14 boards in game 7 at Houston? His playoff stats have been good:
    '07 23.5 pts 12.2 rbs .536 fg%
    '08 16.0 pts 12.3 rbs .415 fg%
    '09 20.6 pts 13.2 rbs .528 fg%

    Sure his injuries have been frustrating and his defense weak, but, when healthy, Boozer will average over 20 and 10. Few NBA players are capable of that.

    I like Milsap, but if he becomes the Jazz's PF of the future, people will be disappointed. Jazz fans should think twice before driving an All-Star caliber player (Boozer) away. Don't forget that Utah isn't exactly a desired destination for free agents.

  • re Jazz Fan
    April 28, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    AK kept the game close the first quarter. He plays hard. If Sloan would have put him in instead of pulling him back for Williams, who did nothing but slow the game down, the momentum would not have been lost.All of you Jazz fans that think AK is not worth the money-wait until he goes to a team that will know how to use him.

  • Future
    April 28, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    We need to bring back Luther Wright and Delaney Rudd!

  • Wheezie
    April 28, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    I say we resign Okur and Milsap! This I know is a stretch, but we need to get athletic, and get a defensive minded, but also a guy who can still score. Amare Stoudamire does not want to be a Sun, Boozer has stated and rescinded his "I'm opting out" speech, and Chris Bosh isn't that happy in Toronto! I would say "Let's make a deal" Let's send Boozer and his expiring contract to Phoenix, the Suns then send Amare to the Raptors, and he re-unites with his old GM and Shawn Marion, and the Jazz will get ("drum roll, please") Mr. Chris Bosh! Imagine the starting lineup, Williams, Brewer, AK, Bosh and Okur, with Milsap, Miles, Korver, Price and Fes or Koufas coming off the bench! We'd be a force people!

  • Jazz Future
    April 28, 2009 11:49 a.m.

    With Boozer's pending divorce, a home in Miami, his family there, why wouldn't he be a member of the Heat in 09-10? You better get a sign and trade to get something back, but as much as people like Milsap, he isn't playing all 48 minutes. The Jazz better get something in return for a potential Boozer departure.

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Boozer getting a raise? for what? sitting on the bench in street clothes for half of his contract?

    I have a theory, the more tattoos these NBA guys put on, the worse they play, their character declines, they become arrogant, less team oriented, less productive. Can we just end all this stupid tattoo junk?

  • Please leave!
    April 28, 2009 11:36 a.m.

    Please, please, please opt out Carlos! Please! We do not want you here and you don't want to be here. The feeling is mutual. Please stay true to your word and opt out. Please!

    Go! Get out of here! Take your selfish, oft-injured, no defense playing keyster to the highest bidder and infect them with your cancer.

    Good riddance.

  • since 1980
    April 28, 2009 11:13 a.m.

    27 comments, 27 votes for loozer to go, i mean boozer. i watched the jazz rockets game from 1998 on espn classics and was reminded at how good malone and stockton were. deron will get there, but carlos never will. since the collective bargaining agreement will potentially shrink the salary cap, you can bet all players with player options will opt out and try to get something in place long term before that all changes. i'm a jazz fan since 1980 and will pay to see effort, heart, and hustle. i wont pay to see potential anymore. go cavs......

  • D
    April 28, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    I love how all you Boozer-haters quote the author "With Boozer on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, the Jazz rallied to within six points late in the fourth quarter with a group that included his mid-season replacement, Paul Millsap."

    I hate to burst your see-what-you-want-to vision, but you know who else was on the bench? DERON WILLIAMS. Sloan should have left the same five on the floor to end the game--THEY EARNED THE RIGHT TO FINISH, cutting the lead from 22 to 6. But instead, we called a timeout with 3 min. left to put DWill back in. What happened? The lead went back up to 11. Probably the same would have happened if Booz had returned to the lineup, but you can't deny that the hustlers and scrappers got us back in the game. Price, Brewer, Korver, Millsap. D-Will came in and we lost our momentum. Maybe his teammates expect him to be Superman so they quit scrambling as hard when he is on the floor. That's the problem having a PG who can score as well as he can.

  • Coach
    April 28, 2009 11:09 a.m.

    Boooooozer the Looooooozer!

  • Jazz Fan
    April 28, 2009 11:00 a.m.

    The perfect picture last night on the tv was late in the 4th quarter it showed Boozer and AK sitting on the bench watching the game and the LA lead dwindiling. Our two top money guys sitting on the bench in an elimination game. Shows what value they really are. Good bye to both.

  • ???
    April 28, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    And this is news to who?????????

  • lionmarv
    April 28, 2009 10:15 a.m.

    If keeping boozer means losing milsap then say good bye. defense is the real problem when it showed up in this series (game 3) they won . offseason we need a shotblocker most good defensive teams have shotblockers outside of AK47 there is no one who can. got to keep Milsap , Price needs to be Williams back up!

  • Hot Rod Slip
    April 28, 2009 10:12 a.m.

    I had to listen to the game on the radio in my truck and just about laughed myself off the road when Hot Rod accidentally called Boozer, Carlos Loozer. A first quarter Freudian slip perhaps? Get rid of this guy please. He is not tough enough to wear a Jazz uniform.

  • Hollywood
    April 28, 2009 10:10 a.m.

    If he doesn't opt out, his expiring contract will be extremely valuable. A lot of teams are looking to dump salaries. Look at what Denver did with the AI for Chauncey deal. Detroit took a flyer that maybe they'd be as good with Iverson, but if not, it was a contract that came off the books at the end of the season.

    Also, Boozer's agent can look into getting a sign and trade deal done. That might be the most likely scenario.

    I think the FO is pretty set on keeping Millsap. And Paul needs to be a starter. I'm not sure Jazz can find a decent center, but perhaps Booz can be traded for a starting SF (or SG with Brewer moving to SF) and a decent backup PF.

    Granted, the competition was much easier when the Jazz had their winning streak, but the team played better with Boozer out. When Carlos plays, he has to be the main focus on offense in order to be effective. He might be one of the most gifted offensive players in the game, but the same can be said of AI and T-MAc. All offense, no defense!

  • Common Knowledge
    April 28, 2009 10:08 a.m.

    Osta Lavesta Boozer! Please do not go back on your word AGAIN! Opt out of your contract, and do us all a favor! You are a HUGE liability on defense, a HUGE liability when it comes to injury, and (as of recently) not very good on the offensive end either! Take your over-paid/under-producing hind end to another team. You will soon find out that you are NOT worth what you are currently being paid (let alone) the league minimum? Milsap has much more heart and will! This team is far better with you and all your injuries on an opponents team. You would pose NO threat to the Jazz in another uniform! Your only hope for a future, is to go over seas, and hope that they don't know of your broken finger nail absence? Has any Jazz player ever missed more games and been paid so much for doing so???? Money vs. actual playing time...NO player in history has made as much money as you have for doing/producing NOTHING!

  • Dave
    April 28, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    I think it's ironic how upset all of us Jazz fans were when he made the comment that he would opt out, now we're all hoping like crazy he does what he said he would do.
    Even my young children could see how poor Boozer played defense, I can't see how he could watch film of himself and not be mortified at how lame he is. Boozer is a perfect example of what happens to a kid who is told his entire life he's a superstar, and believes what they all tell him regardless of how inaccurate it is.

  • Must Happen
    April 28, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    Carlos Boozer, A.K.(weak sauce, 0 rebounds in 31 minutes in an elimination game.), Jerry Sloan, Collins and Knight all need to be dealt or just let go. It's a must!

  • Just Me
    April 28, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    I think Boozer needs to spend a summer with Karl Malone and learn how to play, get in shape and kick some tail. Like DWill visits Stockton.
    A good dose of Malone kicking his trash would help Boozer. He is a good player when he wants to be.

  • Regrets...
    April 28, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    The only reason Booz regrets saying he's opting out is that by tipping his hand, it hurts his negotiating position. Other than that, I don't think he cares where he plays as long as he gets as much money as possible. But anyone who is willing to pay this heartless money-grubber is a fool.

  • Joe
    April 28, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    I bet he regrets his opt out comments!This guy will not honor his opt out promise anymore than his promise to the Cavs cus he's all about Carlos and he sees the writing on the wall.Prepare to lose Milsap and/or Okur when Carlos decides to take his guaranteed $$.

  • Why Want Him To Opt Out?
    April 28, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    Boozer has much more value if he doesn't opt out. Then the Jazz have an expiring contract with which they can trade his sorry butt and get some value. Or.... 2010 is supposed to be a big free agent year and they could pick up their own free agent...perhaps Chris Bosh? If Boozer opts out, the Jazz end up with nothing which is only slightly less than what Boozer left on the floor.

  • Chadders
    April 28, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    It's kinda sad the season is over. Oh well. If the NBA weren't fixed I'd think the Nuggets might have a chance at the title. But we all know come what may it is the Kobe vs LeBron finals. Please stop watching if you care about fixing the game. If you enjoy this "sports entertainment" continue watching. BTW if the Thuggets won the ring I'll be even more mad at Boozer. If he wouldn't have had that hammy for so long we would be the #2 team and it would be us destroying the Hornets.

  • The Headline Says It Best
    April 28, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    Just vanish PLEASE! You are nothing more than a wanna-be, and someone who sucks up to talented players hoping to be included in their circle. Wev'e seen enough here in Utah just like Cleveland did there. Your over the top attitude and mentality has worn me and others out! GOODBYE!

  • DRLL
    April 28, 2009 8:37 a.m.

    I personally would enjoy seeing Boozer opt out only to find that the market will not even pay him what he is making now. In the current economic environment where the NBA is literally borrowing money in order to stay afloat, does a team pay mega bucks to a player who only played in half of his games the past 4 years and who does not show up in big spots?

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    boozer didn't disappear in game 5....he appeared in game 3....that is the story....when he does nothing that is normal...when he is productive that is surprising....

    do us all a favor carlos and sign with the pistons...go be a non factor there...and take your groans, lame fadeaways and turnovers with you...

  • Can't wait
    April 28, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    For the opt out decision to be finalized.

  • Gomer Pyle
    April 28, 2009 7:52 a.m.

    Boozer disappears in the clutch, again. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

    See ya Carlos. Good luck with the next team you take to the cleaners with your matador defense, habitual hangnails and complete lack of heart and guts.

    April 28, 2009 7:42 a.m.

    I've been a super Jazz fan in 3 different states since they played their first game in the old Salt Palace. I'm getting to old for this and bid fairwell to all. tb enjoy your early vacation.
    ps. tb enjoy your vacation,I'm goin'fishin.

  • jenn for jazz
    April 28, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    Boozer claims he hasn't decided... well we all have...Don't come back!!! How dare you blame the fact that you "didn't have many opportunites" to shoot the ball. Your job is to create and make those opportunities...did you forget you are a power forward???? I've yelling at you all season to go to the hole and you don't listen!!! You are one of the best at finishing with the left hand, that creates opportunity!!! Gezz man where is your heart??? Good luck job hunting...you are going to need it!!!!

  • Jazz need help
    April 28, 2009 7:18 a.m.

    True competitors won't make excuses Boozer is no where near a true competitor!

  • Mike
    April 28, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    So Boozer wants more opportunities to make an impact. How about trying to make an impact on the defensive end? Show him the gate to the greener pasture. He does not have the heart of a champion!

  • milsap fan
    April 28, 2009 5:34 a.m.

    it is time for boozer to go. milsap is what the jazz need to focus on now. letting milsap go would be alot worse then the loser boozer hitting the road. time for sloan to hang it up. he was a great coach, but if you can't get the most out of your players than it is time to go. sloan is to old school for all the pansies playing in the nba now day. i hate to say it, but it is time coach. players are to worried about contracts and money and status and not about playing tough defense which is a cornerstone of sloans teams. maybe a new coach would be worth a try.

  • nottyou
    April 28, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    Bye bye Boozer. We'll take our chances elsewhere.

  • Noisey Wombat
    April 28, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    Carlos, Memo & Kyle - please opt out so we can see what the market really says!!!!!!
    All your market value has is gone south, maybe we can get some good sign & trades here, there will be alot of movements this summer for the Jazz, in players and hopefully management too..............................

  • jazzman72
    April 28, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    I bet boozer is back next year, considering this year he was a disappointment. He will come back for his guaranteed money. Nobody else will offer him too dollar considering his injury and playoff choke history. The sad thing is if booze comes back, the jazz will probably let millsap walk, and he will probably come back to bite them. Can you say Mo Williams?

  • todd from santa ana
    April 28, 2009 1:38 a.m.

    They cannot both coexist in this present structure. One or the other has to go. If i had to choose between Boozer and Okur, i would keep Boozer. Likely neither.

  • El;capitan
    April 28, 2009 1:33 a.m.

    I will say it again. Carlos Boozer as a ball player is damaged goods and the fans want him and his millions gone. Good luck on your move Carlos, we wish you well.

    The story said it all.....

    With Boozer on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, the Jazz rallied to within six points late in the fourth quarter with a group that included his mid-season replacement, Paul Millsap.

  • rvalens2
    April 28, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    "With Boozer on the bench ... the Jazz rallied to within six points ... with a group that included his mid-season replacement, Paul Millsap."

    Say goodbye to your Big Money contract Carlos!

    I guess the Jazz Brass will have the off-season to think about what went wrong and how they can fix it.

    First step ... get rid of Boozer.