The Chicago Bulls are not in a good place at the moment and they’re having one of their worst weeks of the season, at least internally. The team saw Joakim Noah get ejected on Monday night and fined on Tuesday afternoon but the biggest headline in Chicago revolves around the frustrations of Carlos Boozer and the very public way he went about making it known he’s unhappy in Chicago.
Boozer noted on Monday night that he’s not happy about being benched in the fourth quarter of games in favor of Taj Gibson, and seems to be taking shots at head coach Tom Thibodeau for not putting him in games and losing as a result. On Tuesday, the Bulls front office responded to Boozer, with general manager Gar Forman saying he was disappointed in Boozer’s public complaints.
“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 has played very, very well.”
The Bulls have been wanting to amnesty Boozer for as long as fans can remember, and this is really the first time Boozer has ever said anything negative about being benched, at least publicly.
Chicago’s relationship with Boozer has always been rocky at best and with a parting of ways likely in the summer, Boozer no longer seems to want to keep his muzzle on and isn’t going to play nice if the Bulls won’t play him at all.