On Monday, Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer voiced his displeasure with his reduction in minutes.
“I think I should be out there but it’s (Thibs’) choice,” Boozer said. “He makes the decisions out there. I play, he coaches …He’s been doing that a lot since I’ve been here, not putting me in the 4th qtr. Sometimes we win, but more times than not we don’t.”
Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau stresses defense, maybe more so than any other coach in the NBA. Therefore, he often goes with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson in his front court down the stretch because they are simply better defenders than Boozer.
On Tuesday, Bulls’ general manager Gar Forman responded to those comments.
“I’m disappointed that Carlos didn’t keep that in-house,” Forman told CSN Chicago. “I think we’ve seen Tom does a terrific job managing guys’ roles, managing their minutes. In that situation, Taj has played very, very well.”
Boozer is averaging 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.9 minutes per game this season.