Updated: June 7, 2011 12:39AM
The controversy about whether forward Carlos Boozer should be given a diminished role in light of his diminished offense might be raging to outsiders. But there’s no debate within the Bulls’ camp.
“He’s nicked up,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday at the Berto Center. “He’s giving us
everything he has, and that’s all we’re asking him to do. The rebounding hasn’t dropped off at all. He’ll score. He’s scored his whole career.’’
After struggling on offense in front of a United Center crowd that turned on him Wednesday, the veteran admitted the turf-toe injury to his right big toe was hampering him.
Taj Gibson, who started last season before yielding when Boozer was signed, said he’s not expecting an increased role in light of Boozer’s injury — and that’s fine with him.
“Thibs knows what he’s doing,’’ Gibson said. “Whatever minutes he gives me, I’m going to go out there and do my job. Carlos has been doing a phenomenal job. . . . He’s playing through an injury. People have to recognize that.’’
Rose in bloom
Derrick Rose’s remarks when he received the MVP award left his teammates impressed.
“When I was 22, I was shooting baskets in Omaha, Neb., for Creighton,’’ Kyle Korver said. “Staying in school, where I needed to be.’’
Rose didn’t write anything down beforehand. He just winged it, unabashedly telling his mother that she meant the world to him.
“I didn’t rehearse anything,’’ he said. “It just came out. If I was up there reading something, you would know that it wasn’t sincere and legit.’’
Like her MVP son, Brenda Rose is uncomfortable in the spotlight.
“She doesn’t like it at all,’’ Rose said. “She hates it. . . . I was just saying how I feel. She usually doesn’t hear or see that much emotion from me — other than I love her. But I guess it got to her when I started telling people how much I do love her.’’
After being outrebounded 38-37 in Game 1, the Bulls bounced back with a 58-39 advantage on the boards in Game 2. “We were more aggressive, and there were a lot more boards to be had,’’ Joakim Noah said, referring to the Hawks’ errant shooting, which dropped to 34 percent after
51 percent in Game 1.
† Luol Deng finished second (84 votes) to the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (88) for the NBA Sportsmanship Award.