Going all the way back to last season, when the injuries facing Derrick Rose started to pile up, Carlos Boozer was given an interesting nickname as fans noticed that he would tear it up against below-average teams and hide in a shell against above-average teams, or above average power-forwards.
Somewhere along his inconsistencies, the “Bumslayer” was born.
Using this same, sometimes faulty but mostly accurate logic, chances are Carlos Boozer will give the Bulls just enough to stay afloat until the eventual, indefinite return of Derrick Rose. Here’s the thing: Chicago doesn’t need Boozer to contribute every game. They just simply need to stay in the race. Despite a long legion of fans advocating for tanking the season, the Bulls are clearly not looking to take that route. Because anytime you can choose to be a mediocre 6-9 seed in a lost season in order to keep your non-allstar, non-championship calibre core intact instead of tanking for Shabazz Muhammad, you just have to do it.
Anyways, if the Bulls think they can make a playoff push and compete for a championship this year, beating the bad teams, competing against the decent teams and losing to the best should be good enough to keep the Bulls in a safe position to allow Derrick Rose to take as much time as he needs to recover. Last summer, the thing that was worrying about not tanking (aside from the general idea of not tanking) was the thought that Rose would feel even more pressure to come back as early as possible, not that he doesn’t already put enough of it on himself. However, the Bulls are proving that they can hang with mediocre to above-average teams well enough to give him an ample opportunity to come back as strong as ever.
All in all, the Bumslayer – err, Boozer is probably going to be just good enough combined with the efforts of Deng and the new-and-improved Noah to keep things interesting. Not to worry, Bulls fans! Once again, we won’t get our hearts broken until late into the season.