Bulls, Boozer Feel Pressure to Win
The Bulls power forward slowly raised his tattooed right arm upward, pointing his finger into the darkness of the United Center rafters.
“Right up there,’’ Boozer insisted on Monday. “You put [a championship banner] up there … the biggest thing is wins, that’s what it all comes down to. Honestly. It comes down to wins and losses, everything else is water under the bridge. We win? Man, if we win, we’re going to party for a long time.’’
Yes, the team has had injuries the last two seasons, none bigger than when Derrick Rose tore his left ACL in the first game of the playoffs last year. Different faces, different injuries. The one constant in the underachieving, however? The 6-9, 266-pound scapegoat that is Boozer.
In three of his six seasons with the Jazz, Boozer averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. In his first year with the Bulls, his numbers were 17.5 and 9.6, followed by last season’s 15 points and 8.5 rebounds.
“All the people should worry about is if we win. Criticize me if we lose, but if we win, just praise us.’’
“I haven’t won a championship in the NBA, but winning — winning cures all, man,’’ Boozer added. “Cures it all.’’