- Alright, let’s put an end to this right now. Gather around, boys and girls, and listen: Carlos Boozer is not going anywhere. Got that? I have heard and read the call from many Bulls fans that C-Booz needs to be traded. It is a wonderful concept and logical to boot. The math works: Bad Player + Good Team = Trade Boozer. What makes it impossible is that The Beard is making way too much money on a multi-year deal. Any team acquiring Boozer would need to pay him about double of what they would currently want to (seeing that he is coming off a disappointing season) for four more seasons, especially with the expected cut in the salary cap. The only thing you can possibly get for him is some other team’s dirty laundry. So
lovehate him or really hate him, Boozer is a Bull for the foreseeable future.
- Everyone’s favorite shooting guard, Keith Bogans, had successful arthroscopic surgery (which is nowhere near as cool as Takuma Tsurugi) done on his right knee. Don’t worry, he is expected to be fully recovered by the start of next season. However, it has yet to be determined if the Bulls will take up Bogan’s non-guaranteed year of his contract for the next season.
- Kareem Abdul Jabbar certainly did not harp on Joakim Noah for a disappointing post season campaign. Instead, when he was recently on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000, the Hall of Famer talked up the potential of the Bulls big man. Said Lou Alcindor, “If he had an offensive game he would be a monster. He is a very good player. He is so selfless and would do anything for his team. I really admire his character and well, the whole Chicago team.” Hopefully, Noah and Boozer hit the gym hard this off-season and put in a Rose-like effort. Their ability to improve their offensive game (or, in Bozzer’s case, get it back) and mesh well together is key to Bulls success next season. And who knows, maybe they will even be on the court during the fourth quarter of playoff games!
- During the season, when talking about the work he put in the off-season on his three-point shot, Derrick Rose mentioned that he plans on working on a post-up game this off-season. While that would be another great weapon to his already deadly arsenal, Rose needs to revisit his shot from long-range. One area he said he improved on last off-season was the arc on his shot. It sure looked like that arc flattened out as the season progressed and his percentage slipped. I admire that Rose wants to expand his repertoire, yet at 22 years of age, I hope he tries to perfect what he is working on before moving forward.