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].