Carlos Boozer is talking about getting inju, er, playing overseas

ESPN the Magazine’s Ric Bucher writes: “Add Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer to the list of NBA players looking to play overseas in light of the current NBA lockout. Boozer told ESPN The Magazine on Wednesday that he will pursue signing with a foreign team if the season doesn’t start on time.”

Said Boozer: “I think as players we have to look at this lockout as an unfortunate challenge, but one that can create other unique and positive opportunities. When I was part of Team USA that won Olympic Gold in Beijing, that experience changed my life in incredible ways. If the NBA season gets delayed or postponed, I plan on using those months to experience something similar to what I did in the summer of 2008. That’s why, if the lockout continues, I definitely plan on playing overseas.”

That “thwack” sound echoing around the world was me executing an epic smacking of my forehead.

From my standpoint, this isn’t the same as Luol Deng playing for Great Britain in the European Basketball Championships or Joakim Noah playing for the French National Team.

In a lockout situation, Carlos is, of course, fully within his rights to do whatever he wants. Still…after his acceptable (though injury-shortened) regular season and disappointing playoffs, I would much rather Boozer spend the lockout keeping in shape, training, and (most importantly) staying healthy.

Maybe I’m suffering a cognitive bias when it comes to Boozington, but he would definitely rank near the top of my list of Top Five NBA Players Most Likely To Get Injured While Playing Overseas During The Lockout.

I know it’s selfish of me to think this way. But, as a Bulls fan, I don’t want one of Chicago’s top assets (at least in terms of cost of contract) breaking, spraining, tearing, or in any other way injuring any part of his body required to play basketball while playing basketball for [Insert Foreign Team Name Here].

16 Responses to Carlos Boozer is talking about getting inju, er, playing overseas

    BULL4EVER August 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Hey you’re not at all selfish if you’re thinking about and hoping totally positively for the betterment for a Bulls team and their potential of another 90’s dynasty if you’re a Bulls fan.I totally agree Bulls fans should not even play overseas, especially whene there will be a 2011-2012 season with a few games lost or no games lost, especially when the nfl will start playing their football games now.GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    joe August 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Hey, Boozer’s no different than any other worker. He has been locked out. He ought to play overseas and continue to earn money while able.

    Injury risk is an incentive for the owners to settle – they stopped basketball over wanting more money.

    BoppinBob August 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    If Boozer does play a game overseas, that would mean that the NBA had missed some regular season games and for me it would not matter where Boozer or any other Bull plays, the NBA would no longer exist on my radar. Rich guys fighting with rich guys over money turns me off, especially in the current economic situation. I have not watched or been to an MLB game since their last labor disruption and I will apply the same standard to the Bulls and the NBA.

    BoppinBob August 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    In my opinion both sides of this labor dispute are wrong.

    BULL4EVER August 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Both sides are wrong and especially the players because players have always been known for playing for the dollars, owners have never at all even been known for owning teams or the entire NBA business for the dollars all the way up to this day.

    West Aussie Bulls Fan August 13, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Bull4ever I hope that was sarcasm in your last post re the owners not “owning for money”

    joe August 13, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    In my opinion both sides of this labor dispute are wrong.
    Should the player take a pay cut to not?

    BULL4EVER August 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Players should start taking nothing but paycuts, hey you can’t just tell owners to sacrifice everything, especially when players have to do so much sacrificing such as taking paycuts because there should be revenue sharing as usual.

    BFD August 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I just don’t understand your position on people staying home and being ‘healthy’.

    Lets use a scenario using an average nameless NBA player to remove bias’s.

    The NBA is locked out, and nobody is getting paid…which seems like a better scenario to you?

    Scenario A) An NBA player goes overseas to play basketball. The potential for injury would exist, but if he injures himself, he would be under the full care and supervision of his team’s doctors and trainers. While there, they may gain any number of good lifetime experiences and meet people who would improve them both on the court and off. They might also work on their game and learn what life is like in a league where they don’t get/aren’t subjected to superstar calls like we see here.

    Scenario B) An NBA player stays home. He might work out with some friends from around the league or team mates, but it isn’t the same…the competition level is about on par as a middle of summer all-star game. He might get injured because he might have fired his trainer due to money issues, or just because he doesn’t like people he pays to push him to do anything. He goes out with friends and family a lot more, drinks more beer, and maybe eats fast food much too often. He puts on an extra 20 pounds (and we aren’t talking muscle mass) before the new CBA is signed and has a very limited amount of time to get back into game shape because the preseason has been cut in half.

    I don’t know about you, but I prefer Scenario A way more than I trust these guys to not fall into some of the traps of Scenario B.

  10. Dave August 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m fine with this only because it means there’s a greater chance he’ll actually be in shape next year…

  11. steverba August 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    This seems like a great way for the Bulls to get Boozer’s contract off the books. If he gets injured overseas, his contract could be nullified, right??

    gerry August 17, 2011 at 6:09 am #


    Carlos Boozer is not your “average nameless NBA player,” he’s above average…normally.

    Carlos Boozer is a career 17 and 10 guy, pretty solid.

    But Carlos Boozer is also above average in missing games due to injury.

    Carlos Boozer has only played over 75 games 4 times in his career of 9 years, definitely not solid.

    Basically, we’re all going to sleep better at night if he just stays home, stays healthy, and hopefully stays in shape until this stupid lockout is resolved.

    Remember, he’s the guy that MISSED 15 GAMES because he tripped and fell over a big in his own damn house. If he can manage that in his own home, you gotta shudder to think of the damage he can do overseas.

    gerry August 17, 2011 at 6:11 am #



    Gorditadogg August 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Maybe Boozington can play beach volleyball with Kevin Love. You can’t get hurt playing in the sand, can you?

    BULL4EVER August 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    S.O.S Save our 2011-2012 season and let’s start playing ball because I,m totally confident the players and the owners will start the NBA season on time by reaching an arggrement by Nov 01,especially since football was started on time.

    Marcos Pezcador August 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Boozer has proven to me that he can get injured anywhere. He tripped over a gym bag (punched a brick wall) at his house the first time that he got injured last year. Let him play where he wants because he’s clearly at that point in his career when hes going to get injured no matter what he does. Too bad the Bulls couldn’t see it before they signed him. Huge waste of money. Gimme Taj.

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