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 Talk Podcast: Gar Forman defends Jimmy Butler trade


Bulls Talk Podcast: Gar Forman defends Jimmy Butler trade

On the latest Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill recap the Bulls' busy NBA Draft and the decision to trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. 

Bulls general manager Gar Forman joins the panel for an exclusive interview. He breaks down why the organization decided to move the three-time All-Star. 

Click here to Bulls Talk Podcast.

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

The Bulls entered rebuild mode on Thursday night after they dealt Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They acquired a pair of guards in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick which they used to select Arizona power forward Lauri Markkanen.

But the Bulls opted not to continue adding youth to their roster when they sold their second-round pick, No. 38 overall, to the Golden State Warriors. That pick was Oregon power forward Jordan Bell, who many considered a late first-round prospect.

The move was perplexing for a team that hours earlier had traded away its franchise player to start a youth movement. But VP John Paxson said after the draft that the decision to move the pick was based on team depth, hinting at a significant move the Bulls will make in free agency.

"We had some wings on our board that we had targeted that were the only way we were going to keep that (No. 38) pick, and they went before us. And drafting Lauri (Markkanen), and the fact that we have, Niko’s a restricted free agent we intend to bring back, Bobby Portis, we didn’t want to add another big and that’s really all that was left on our board."

Both Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have said since the season ended that Mirotic, who will become a restricted free agent on July 1, is part of their future plans. The Bulls will be able to match any contract that another team offers Mirotic, and they intend to keep the 26-year-old in Chicago. After Butler's departure, Mirotic is now the longest tenured member of the Bulls. He's been with the team for three seasons.

The wings Paxson may have been referring to include Miami's Devon Reed (32nd overall to Phoenix), Kansas State's Wesley Iwundu (33rd overall to Orlando) or SMU's Semi Ojeleye (Boston, 37th overall). Point guards Juwan Evans (Oklahoma State) and Sterling Brown (SMU) were still on the board and potential options, but the Bulls were set on looking for wing help after receiving point guard Kris Dunn and shooting guard Zach LaVine in the Butler trade.

The Bulls frontcourt depth looks filled, as Cristiano Felicio is expected to return behind Robin Lopez. Mirotic, Portis, Markkanen and Joffrey Lauvergne should make up the power forward depth chart. Opting against using the 38th pick, which Golden State bought for a whopping $3.5 million, also leaves the Bulls with room to add a 13th player in the fall.

"It keeps us at 12 roster spots and gives us real flexibility for our roster," Paxson said. "So we didn’t just want to use up a roster spot on a player that we probably wouldn’t have kept."