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Monday, September 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  81 responses

Carlos Boozer: ‘I’m the Starter’

by Marcel Mutoni

Things in Utah this season are going to be a little awkward. To say the least.

Carlos Boozer doesn’t want to be there, the team doesn’t really want him either (only they can’t find a reasonable trade league-wide), and their young stud Paul Millsap is stuck in no-man’s land. Oh, and Jerry Sloan must find a way to somehow keep everyone happy, on the court anyway.

Sloan kicked training camp off this weekend by saying he wasn’t sure who his starting power forward was going to be in 2009-’10, something that made Boozer raise an eyebrow.

The Deseret News caught up with Boozer for his reaction:

“I feel like I’m the starter,” the two-time NBA All-Star said Sunday, before the Jazz open their second day of two-a-days. “I think I’ve earned that. That’s the only role I’ve been in my whole career.”

“I think it’s great to have competition,” said Boozer, who during the offseason expressed eagerness to be traded to either Chicago or Miami. “You know, I think Paul is very good. I guess if we are competing, then we’re competing for it. But I feel like I am the starter.”

Boozer added that he’d be willing to concede some of his precious playing time to Millsap (who inked a four-year, $32 mil deal this summer). Of course, this added up to a grand total of TWO less minutes per night, something Carlos considers a “sacrifice for the betterment of the group.”

Best of luck this year, Jerry Sloan. You’re going to need it.

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  • BostonBaller

    2nd

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • zabba

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • Czar Ruke

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • dial up

    no sh{T!!

  • LeoneL

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • LeoneL

    I fail at life…

  • Torrance

    Until you get babies you injured cry big.

  • rikson

    I dont know why…. but I just cant stand boozer!

  • boy sanchez

    Until you get injur… Why are we repeating this so many times…?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    LOL Torrance

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    So Carlos Boozer stating the obvious, that he is the starter, that he is better than Paul Millsap, makes him a cry baby?

  • Tommy Patron

    Carlos Boozer ONLY cares about Carlos Boozer. I’m glad he’s not a Bull.

  • DJ Pierrot

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZER ! I hate this guy !

  • rated-O

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    in another interview I read that Sloan said: “I won’t play them at all, that way I don’t have to deal with it” Sloan got jokes.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    As much as people may not like Boozer, I believe he is the better player. He should start for sure.

  • mike

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • Prodi

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • SWIFTboy

    Is this a good time to remind people of the time Jason Richardson bounced the ball off Boozer’s head in the Rookie/Sophmore game?

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    between being hurt and being in foul trouble, i don’t think it’s clear that boozer is better, especially at that price. but if he is, then he’ll win the starting spot. why should he be surprised that his coach would make him prove that he deserves to start?

  • Boston Baller

    Boozer is sometimes hated b/c he went to Duke and players like Laetner & Hurley were considered great even though the weren’t..it’s the trickle fickle down effect.

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Is he not better than Paul Millsap? Both players going into the season healthy, who you would you rather have starting?

  • JoeMaMa

    Until you shave lines in your eyebrows you big fashion faux-pas.

    Go back to Alaskan lakes scrap some barnacles off of your dinghy.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Until you get injured you big cry baby…. (yayy, i joined the in-crowd)

  • http://www.powerforward.nl JLP

    Until you start crying, you always-injured baby!

  • S. Trotter

    If he is not your starter, then there is no point in having him on your team. He is a mal-content and won’t come off the bench happily, and probably won’t be productive in that role. Should he be okay with whatever the team needs him to do? Yes. But that is not the situation they are in and that is not the player they have. This is an issue that management should have been trying to take care of during the summer.

  • knock knock

    Why is boozer a crybaby again??? because he wouldn’t sign your autograph ?. only crybaby in the L is lebron james.

  • ENDS

    Ditto?

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    I don’t know why Boozer is complaining about this. He got paid and having an almost equally good player as a back-up, will only make Boozer’s career last longer.

  • Dee

    Let him start then sub in Milsap and let him have the most minutes. Boozer can finish the game on the bench.

  • Dee

    Let him start then sub in Milsap and let him have the most minutes. Boozer can finish the game on the bench.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Ship him to the NBDL….ha ha I know that would never happen, but man would that be FUNNY!

  • vic21

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • Epsilon Nupe

    I hope the joke is not over…..Until you get injured you big cry baby

  • Josh D

    Until you get injured u big cry baby

  • horsey

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • horsey

    didn’t carlos used to read this site back in the day? maybe he just googles his name every night before bed. let’s hope this doesn’t impact his loyalty…

  • Matt H

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • black pinoy

    he’s a cry baby because he demanded to be traded.. and he when that didnt happen he’s again demanding to start.. crybaby.. he’s not that good to demand things.. they shoud trade him to minny..

  • sab

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • Kujo

    Man, u guys must not really like this guy at all…..did this feeling start b/c of his duke basketball roots?!

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    The Jazz fell apart last season when Booz came back. Thats not a coincidence. He really can’t defend his position anymore and his FG% and rebounding have slipped. He’s always got by because he was super efficient offensively, and rebounded at a high enough rate to excuse his poor defense.
    But I honestly think the Jazz are better off with Millsap. Who, like Boozer used to, scores super efficiently (but, without commanding touches that turn into contested mid range jumpers) and rebounds at an extremely high rate, actually better than Booz ever has. Millsap is a better athlete and defender, and he just plays harder. Now that the Jazz are paying Millsap like a starter, they need to play him like one.The Jazz might be playing like they’re committed to Bozer, but I guarantee they are listening to almost every trade offer that comes their way.

  • miguel10

    until the crying baby injures you

  • http://shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    Booze should be the starter. That’s no question. He is one of the best power forwards today. The Jazz have always been kind of good, but they just can’t win a championship without a legit big man.
    Lakers back to back in 2010

  • http://slamonline.com 360vue

    Boozer overrates himself drastically, which is no doubt why his games sucks more and more with each and every passing month. doesnt do the work thats required to keep at the high standard, and he was at the top a few years ago. When Jordan was rapin the league, people said his treys sucked, so he did a 100 3pters after every practice to improve. thats how u get to the top and stay there. dont rest on ur laurels; u fat, overpaid, waste of space carlos. millsap > boozer, in my opinion. maybe and just maybe, boozer has an edge in his game, but i seriously doubt it anymore, yet still millsaps youth and potential demand a starting spot in a team that isnt really going anywhere for next few years. just ‘cos boozer is on an oversized contract doesnt mean u need to overlook the future to keep a tempermental baby happy

  • Rusty

    Until you get injured you big cry baby

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Until you get injured you big cry baby

  • Orlando Green

    Boozer is garbage!

  • floridafinest008@aim.com

    baby cry big you get unjured Boozer until

  • Simmy Sosa

    Until you get injured you big cry baby
    +
    +
    But seriously, its great to hear that Booze is gonna have to earn the starting spot. Just because your paid like a franchise player doesn’t mean you are one. Ask Dirk.

  • Royal

    until you get injured you p*$$y licker

  • LebronGOAT

    Until you get injured you big cry baby

  • tavoris

    everybody posting the same comment is freaking hilarious.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    SLAMONLINE: where comment-pyramids greater than those of Egypt and South America combined happens.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I feel like we’ve come closer as an online community today. This is a great leap forward. I think we could have the tools to stop the negavite impacts of climate change….oh and one other thing:

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL Torrance makes me laugh out loud every time I revisit this thread.

  • Rome

    Is the carlosloser website still up? He shouldve never left the Cavs…now you will only get to play, until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    Until you get injured you big cry baby

  • Micco

    You big cry baby, you`ll get injured soon.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Gotta say this: i luv you guys up in here. This whole “comment-pyramid” (BETCATS speak) is fantastic. Long live Slamonline.
    Oh and Booze, i hope you do get the starting PF spot….. until you get injured you big cry baby!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Dacre and Torrance: that is humor, guys. Great lines!

  • ka

    in soviet russia big baby cry until you get injured

  • kulas

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sesa.opas Sesa

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://dfjklfl.com Jukai

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://slamonline acethat

    Until you get babies you injured cry big. that’s how it goes right…take that glenn big baby davis..o wait.

  • MikeC.

    The weight of Boozer’s eyebrows causes him to be constantly off-balance, which leads to his injuries. If he’d just Villenueva his eyebrows, he’d be injury-free, and probably be able to jump higher and run faster.

  • MikeC.

    A word of warning to Boozer though; you can only run faster and jump higher until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • COLT6

    So much for non-conformity.

  • PAUL MILLSAP

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Eh, why not…Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • ktokyo

    before you cry you big injured baby.

  • Carlos Boozer

    Until I get injured…*tear*

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jerry Sloan

    Until you get injured you big cry baby.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    Until you get injured, you big cry baby.

  • Leonel

    Well, now what?

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