Rose for MVP? Boozer certainly thinks so

Rose for MVP? Boozer certainly thinks so

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010
1:02 AM

By Aggrey Sam

Carlos Boozer didnt have a huge statistical outing, but drew defenders and found teammates, welcomed the Lakers doubling him so he could let Derrick Rose, who he considers the early front-runner for the leagues MVP award, operate.

I let the game come to me. They did a good job of doubling me. They didnt want me to play one-on-one with Lamar I would have went to work and they knew that, so they brought D-Fish in, and I hit the open man. D-Rose happened to be the open man and hes the MVP. Everybodys trying to challenge his jump shot does he have one? well, I think hes proven hes got a jump shot.

"He hit shot after shot tonight. Thats okay, thats easy basketball. When they put two people on the ball usually hes the one who gets doubled-team they doubled me in the postif theyre going to leave our best player wide open, Im damn sure going to give him the ball, stated Boozer, who Thibodeau praised at length for his unselfishness afterwards.

Added Boozer about Rose being the NBA's MVP: I dont see why not? Hes as important to us as anybody else is to their team. Do you agree? I agree. Hes won game after game for us. He won the game in Cleveland. He made plays tonight that won the game for us here.

"I cant think of a game that we won that he didnt make plays for us to win. Even the games that we won that he didnt score a lot, the assists I want to say the Oklahoma City game he made the right play. Hell continue to prove it and I think slowly, but surely, everybody will start recognizing that.

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Bulls: Rajon Rondo calls incident with assistant coach 'part of the game'

Bulls: Rajon Rondo calls incident with assistant coach 'part of the game'

AUBURN HILLS, MICH—Rajon Rondo almost made it to the quarter mark of the season without incident, but his frustrations got the better of him in Dallas last weekend in a situation with Bulls assistant coach Jim Boylen.

He returned from his one-game suspension in a light mood, but didn’t take things lightly when addressing questions from the media after the Bulls’ 102-91 loss to Detroit.

Rondo admitted that he feels so strongly about things that he doesn’t let them go as easily as he should, which could have been the case with Boylen. Rondo threw a towel after an exchange with Boylen during the Bulls’ blowout loss to the Mavericks.

“That’s a good way to put it. Me as a player, a point guard, I have to handle a situation better,” Rondo said. “But when I feel a certain way, I’m gonna speak on it. My whole thing is always for the betterment of the team.

“If it comes off wrong or a certain way I’ll try to work on that. But for the most part I’m not a selfish individual, I try to do what’s best for the team, try to watch film with my teammates. That’s just part of the game, who I am.”

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When asked if he actually threw a towel at Boylen, Rondo quipped, “You gotta look at the film,” and tried to downplay the situation as best he could, noting the timing of the event in question.

He apologized to the coaching staff and his teammates and believes there won’t be lasting effects, although the Bulls are in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

“Hopefully it’ll be the last three-game losing streak,” Rondo said. “It’s about how you handle adversity. We usually handle it well as far as bouncing back.”

Calling the incident “part of the game,” Rondo didn’t want to address specifics but given his history of instances such as these in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, this one makes it a little harder to shake the reputation of being difficult to deal with.

“I have a good relationship with my team and I take pride in being a great teammate,” Rondo said. “I think we’re still on the same page. When you lose, things get blown out of proportion. When you win, it covers everything up. So we have to get back to winning basketball.”

His teammates have been supportive both behind the scenes and publicly, and were happy to have him back despite not being able to quell the losing streak.

“It was good. That's our starting point guard. We need veteran guys on this team,” Bulls guard Dwyane Wade said. “We need our bodies. He's our leader today so when we got down early he was the one who kept talking to us defensively. He's so smart out there on the floor, takes certain things away, get out in open transition. The reason we got back in the game, he did a good job of leading us in those moments.”

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Slide Continues After Loss In Detroit

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Slide Continues After Loss In Detroit

In the latest BullsTalk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Kendall Gill break down the Bulls latest losing streak. What is the biggest problem with the Bulls facing the Bulls going forward? Why was the rotation completely different in Monday and Tuesday’s games?

Then listen to Fred Hoiberg’s media session after the 101-92 loss in Detroit.

With the Spurs coming up on Thursday, the guys discuss how San Antonio continues to be an elite team despite the retirement of Tim Duncan. Will Perdue shares his memories of being traded for Dennis Rodman, of playing 4 seasons for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, and the relationship he has with the legendary coach. Plus Kendall shares a story of Pat Riley’s motivational locker room tactics.

Catch the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast right here!