For starters, Carlos Boozer answers the call
BY NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org April 24, 2012 10:54PM
Oft-maligned forward Carlos Boozer has started all 64 games for the Bulls this season. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: May 26, 2012 8:22AM
Carlos Boozer an iron man? That’s just one of many unexpected developments for the Bulls this season. But with two games remaining, the veteran forward is the only player to start every game this season.
“I’m happy to be healthy, especially in this kind of a season where there are games almost every day or you’re traveling almost every day,” he said. “I’m proud of myself, knock on wood, and hope I can keep it going.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t resting players in the final two games because injuries and a deep bench have prevented any Bulls player from ranking among the NBA’s Top 25 in total minutes. Luol Deng leads the league in minutes per game at 39.5 but has missed 11 games because of injuries.
“He’s done a great job managing our minutes in every game,” Boozer said of Thibs. “If we have a huge lead a lot of us won’t play in the fourth quarter. If it’s a close game he’s able to mix it up and get the right lineups out for us to be able to win the game. You’ve got to give Thibs a lot of credit for that, especially in a season like this, when having a good record is so key.”