No, the Bulls fans were not saying “Booooooo-zer.” (Nor were they saying “Boo-erns.”)
But after Joakim Noah stuck up for him, Tom Thibodeau did after practice, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“We need him out there,” Thibodeau said of Boozer after Thursday’s brief practice at the Berto Center. “His rebounding is critical for us. Post presence. People collapse on him, so it opens up a lot of things for everybody.
“He’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing. Each day, he’ll get better and better….
“Look, Carlos has been in the league a long time,” Thibodeau said. “He’s been through every situation you could possibly be through. He’ll handle it fine. He’s been a big-time player in the league for a long time, so he knows what he has to do.”
Boozer is playing through turf-toe that has hampered his production during the playoffs, he is averaging 10.3 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting. Bulls fans are feeling frustrated at how often Boozer seems to be injured.
Bulls’ fans, if you’re looking for sympathy in those regards, don’t go asking Jazz fans. Just warning you.
Every fan base has a whipping boy.
Some player who for reasons real and imagined becomes the lightning rod of all fan frustration.
Carlos Boozer has become that in Chicago. The guy who is expected to be the second option on the Bulls offense is limping around with turf toe and is averaging just 10.3 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting.
Bulls fans are letting Boozer know they are frustrated — and Joakim Noah wants that to stop, according to the Daily Herald.
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.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau echoed those same thoughts.
Bulls fans may be frustrated but they could have it a lot worse — ask Celtics fans. Or Lakers fans.
Carlos Boozer played just jut 15:31 on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just because the Bulls were closing out the Pacers in a blowout win.
Boozer suffered a turf toe injury during the game, something that likely will linger into the second round, reports ESPN Chicago.
“I just went up for a shot, the one I made in the second quarter, early in the second quarter, and felt a pop,” Boozer said after the game. “I’m just going to get it right. It’s a good thing we got some time before the next [series].”
Turf toe — a damaging of the ligaments around the base of the big toe — is one of those injuries that can linger for a couple of weeks.
As Boozer noted, the good news is the NBA announced that the Bulls second round series — whether against Atlanta or Orlando — will not begin until next Monday.
Boozer wasn’t having a very good first round series against the Pacers even before he was injured. He averaged 10 points per game on 35.8 percent shooting. His turnovers were up and he was in seemingly constant foul trouble.
The Bulls will need more out of him — he can be a very tough matchup — as the playoffs move on. This turf toe could play a role in that.