August 23, 2014
Whether it’s a lack of playing time in the fourth quarter or the reality that his contract could be amnestied this summer, there seems to be a disconnect lately between Carlos Boozer and the media.
Case in point: Asked to talk to awaiting reporters after a recent practice, Boozer declined and said loudly, “I don’t give a damn.’’
Tom Thibodeau was asked on Monday if he thought Boozer was less engaged because of his diminished role. The Bulls coach defended his power forward but also made it obvious who is calling the shots on minutes in crunch time.
“We’re at the time of the year where we need everyone at their best,’’ Thibodeau said. “We have to put maximum work into it. Everyone has a job to do. You have to put the team first. … If you play well, you’re going to play.’’
Out of his element
Joakim Noah reiterated Monday that he was uncomfortable with the MVP chants he heard during the win over the Heat on Sunday, as well as all the national attention coming his way.
“I don’t like it,’’ Noah said. “It’s not what really matters to me.’’
According to Noah, the attention is taking away from the idea of team.
So much for a breather. Sunday’s game with the Heat will be followed up with Tuesday’s game against the Spurs.
“It’s not easy,’’ Noah said. “I think human nature would be to exhale a little bit. The Spurs are playing great basketball.
“They’re coming [Tuesday], whether we like it or not. Whether we exhaled or not.’’