Apr 9, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer looks to shoot in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Bulls defeated the Wolves 102-87. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer adjusting to new role


Apr 9, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer looks to shoot in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Bulls defeated the Wolves 102-87. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls’ power forward Carlos Boozer has had to adjust to a new role this season.

Boozer is losing minutes to Taj Gibson, playing just 28.3 minutes per game this season compared to 32.2 minutes per game last season. He’s also taking just 13.1 shots per game – he took 14.4 shots per game last season.

“I’ve just adjusted,” Boozer told K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “I’m doing whatever I can to help my team in the minutes I’m out there. I’m being a team player. It’s all about winning. You make sacrifices for the betterment of the group. That’s what we’re all doing.

“Each night, there are different challenges depending on matchups and how often you touch the ball because that varies. But the intensity is always there. The passion is always there. Playing hard to win is always there. The numbers may vary, but the winning part is always there.”

Boozer also continues to keep his focus on the upcoming postseason instead of thinking about his future and the amnesty provision, which many expect the Bulls to use to waive Boozer in the offseason.

Boozer is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season.

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