“Top 10 stupidest things I’ve ever heard an NBA player do”
First, this post is not the result of Carlos’ decision to opt out. Everyone knew he was going to, it was a good business decision, etc.
This post is about how before the season, which was just two months ago, Carlos was saying that he wouldn’t be making a decision until after the season, and how and when he delivered his little message.
The scene: the Jazz are in the middle of an East Coast road trip and have been struggling all season long with injuries and morale. Boozer has sat out the past 15 games with unspecified additions to his strained quad injury (soreness, bruising) that are preventing him from playing.
“It was great (Tuesday). I went through a full practice, felt really good. Not really good to the point where I felt strong enough to play, but it was a good step in the right direction.”
“We’ll see what the MRI says, but if it’s not healing like I’d like it to, I will be out for a little longer than I expected.”
“Great”…”really good”…just not good enough to play. Meanwhile, Sap has played through a toe sprain, DWill is playing through the pain and soreness of a sprained ankle, AK is playing with gauze pads on his knees, etc. Karl and John wouldn’t have missed more time than it took to tape it or put a brace on.
So anyway, the Jazz finally achieve a 22-point down comeback win that could potentially turn the season around…and what does Boozer do?
He tells Chris Sheridan of ESPN after the game: “I’m opting out. No matter what, I’m going to get a raise regardless. I am going to opt out, I don’t see why I wouldn’t, I think it’s a very good business decision for me and my family, but I’d also like to see what happens with the Jazz and stay here.”
Like I said at the top of the post: this is not about his decision to opt out. It’s about when he chose to go public with it, how he did it (telling ESPN without and before telling anyone on the Jazz), and how he chose to phrase it. So classy Carlos, letting your team hear about it from ESPN while letting every team in the league know that you’re available. Real nice.
KOC said Boozer’s representatives have never informed him of opt-out plans, and he called the timing of Boozer’s proclamation “a little peculiar.”
LHM: “Top 10 stupidest things I’ve ever heard an NBA player do in 24 year. Carlos knows better. He told (Jazz general manager) Kevin (O’Connor) he screwed up. But that doesn’t fix it.”
Jerry: “If it were my son, I’d talk to him a little bit more.”
More Jerry: Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, however, was disappointed by Boozer’s comments, which again brought up the subject of personal agendas this season. “If he had came and asked me and talked to me about it, I would give him what I think is common-sense advice. But players have to be who they are. I can’t legislate who they are and what they’re about.”
DWill: “You know, it was a little odd that he would just suddenly drop it in. But it’s the way he feels. Grown man. He can say what wants.”
The Jazz just beat the odds and finally get a good win and you ensure that at the end of the day, it’s all about you.
How does one have the gall, not to mention the complete and utter shamelessness, to make this announcement, in this way, and at this point in time, especially when he hasn’t played in 15 games for the team signing his paychecks? You missed half of your first two seasons with the Jazz and you’ve missed more than half of this season so far, and you’re talking about how you’re going to get a raise “no matter what”?
The next day, Carlos realizes how badly he f*cked up, and is in damage control mode. He puts the blame on:
—Sheridan (who covered the Olympics for ESPN and is far from being some tabloid hack): “He basically put that in my mouth. Without saying it in so many words. He used that word [raise], I didn’t even use that word. I don’t even talk like that.” So that’s your excuse? You said “much more money” and he typed “raise” while filing the story?
—the media: “I didn’t plan on talking about this. It just kind of happened. Next thing I know, it turned into a big media thing.” Oh poor me, I talked to the media and they reported on it.
He then went on to say that no one should question his commitment to the Jazz because “I’m a Jazzman. Obviously I’m an integral part in getting this team to the level where we are, and hopefully getting us to a championship level.”
That statement pissed me off too. Yeah, we’ve won a lot of games with you on the court, but you’ve sat out 100 games in a Jazz uniform and our Playoff wins last season were won in spite of you.
Please Jazz, don’t give him any more money than you already have. Goodbye Carlos, and good luck frustrating fans elsewhere.
KOC: “We intend to keep Paul Millsap. I don’t know how much more succinct I can be.”