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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 10:20 am  |  8 responses

Bulls GM Gar Forman ‘Disappointed’ Carlos Boozer Complained About Minutes

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer whined through the press about not getting enough fourth quarter minutes. Both the team GM Gar Forman and head coach Tom Thibodeau fired back when asked about the issue by reporters. Per CSN Chicago and the Sun-Times:

General manager Gar Forman was at a “Hoops to Homework” community event on the west side of Chicago, but couldn’t escape inquiries about Boozer’s comments.

“I’m disappointed that Carlos didn’t keep that in-house,” Forman said. “I think we’ve seen Tom does a terrific job managing guys’ roles, managing their minutes. In that situation, Taj (Gibson) has played very, very well.”

“I have two guys that are deserving of being starters,’’ Thibodeau said. “I’m asking Taj to sacrifice not starting, and in some cases Carlos has to sacrifice not finishing.

“I have two guys that are deserving of being starters,’’ Thibodeau said. “I’m asking Taj to sacrifice not starting, and in some cases Carlos has to sacrifice not finishing.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice what might be best for yourself for what’s best for the team. That’s what I love about Taj. Taj could be upset he’s not starting. He never complains. Whatever you ask him to do he just goes out there and does it. To me, what he does speaks volumes. He’s not talking about it. He’s going out there and doing it.’’

Thibodeau said he hadn’t read Boozer’s comments, but he definitely seemed awfully prepared to refute them, also pointing out that a calf injury cost Boozer a workout the other day.

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  • Lloyd

    Well said by Thibs! Second best coach in the league right now, after Pop.

    And also, by Gar Forman. If you have a problem with minutes, go to your coach and discuss it. If it’s done because you’re being outplayed by a bench guy, work harder to earn your minutes back. Crying to the media about internal matters should not be a norm.

    Boozer now looks like a child whose father is disappointed in him, and Taj Gibson looks like a mature professional. Well handled by the Bulls organization on the whole.

  • Wings23

    Well said, this has the feel of some old Greek Mythology story.

  • house

    And so it begins, (hopefully). If there is any sense of justice in the world Boozer will get amnestied and at 39 I will magically regain my hops and be able to dunk again…….

  • hambone

    Thibs has a hell of a stutter

  • Redd

    We been disappointed in a bigger degree but the FO for years Gar, now you know how it feels. I’m ready for the firing of GarPax(but keep whoever is vital to our great drafting).

  • Troop

    Im disappointed that Gar Forman is disappointed that Carlos Boozer is dissapointed

  • ATL dynamite

    Thibs said it so well the article has to quote his line twice lol

  • Fitzy

    haha that slipped by me the first read through, guess that’s what getting stoned after waking up does.

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