Thursday evening, the top-seeded Chicago Bulls were bounced from the playoffs by number eight seed Philadelphia Sixers, only the fifth time in NBA history an 8th seed has defeated a #1.
“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.”
Maybe I’m missing something, but I thought a team’s ultimate goal was an NBA championship, not just to finish with the best record in the league. The Bulls losing reigning MVP Derrick Rose was a huge blow to their championship run but to have the 2nd highest player on your team drop such insipid comments after such a dreadful game is a telling sign about Boozer’s personality.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise if Boozer’s name is mentioned in trade talks this summer. Boozer is owed $47 million over the final three years of his contract so his deal may not be the most attractive, but maybe a rebuilding team with cap space would be willing to take Boozer’s 15 ppg, 8.5 rpg and inconsistency off of Chicago’s hands.
When asked about the off-season, Boozer responded:
“It’s going to be a long summer,” Boozer said. “A tough summer, especially to end it like this. But we’ll be healthy and we’ll be back next year.”
It’s going to be a long summer indeed for Bulls fans. It remains up in the air if Boozer will be around for it.