Carlos Boozer’s big words

According to ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell, Carlos Boozer has a very specific, highly ambitious goal for the 2010-11 Chicago Bulls:

“A championship. I think a realistic goal for us is a championship. I think anything shorter than that we’re setting ourselves up to be shorter than what we can reach. I think [we have] potential to be a championship-level team.”

Why not?

After all, the Bulls’ projected starting lineup has four players who (in my humble opinion) rank in the top 10 at their respective positions (Boozer, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng). They have some solid roleplayers (like Ronnie Brewer) and a deep bench (Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, Kurt Thomas) . And, of course, they have new coach and defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau.

Thinking big is better than thinking small.

Of course, the East has three scary teams (Boston, Miami and Orlando), which means the Bulls might not be better than fourth in their own conference. And the Lakers seemingly got even better this summer with the acquisitions of Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff.

Can the Bulls win the title this year? Is that realistic?

Boozer seems to think so. Hopefully, he’ll play well enough and stay healthy enough to back up his words. Ditto for Noah and Deng. And, quite frankly, Rose is going to have to level up from All-Star to Superstar. Let’s face it, it takes Superstars to win championships. Somebody on the Bulls is going to have to make that leap if the team is going to truly contend.

Derrick’s got to be that guy.

Have I mentioned I can’t wait for the season to start?

27 Responses to Carlos Boozer’s big words

  1. j ginger September 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    You really think Loul is in the top ten of all small forwards? I have to wholeheartedly disagree.

  2. Ryan September 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I think he said the right thing. Would we rather hear him say that he hopes we make the Playoffs? Past the fist round? I guess it would be an upgrade from the last two years, but I want a winner! Someone hungry for a Championship that will play hard. I think he has the right idea, it’s just a tough sell in the East.

    1st man September 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    the pistons won a championship over shaq and kobe, and they hand all stars but not one superstar… so i think these big bulls can win one over kobe and gasol… as well as james, wade, bosh, and the heat…

    p.s. boozer is better than bosh…

    thirdsaint September 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    If the Bulls are going to win it all this year may be the best year. Have to get it before the Heat fully gel and get a deeper bench. That being said, I’d hope every player’s goal is to win a championship EVERY year but I guess he’s better off saying this than “I just got PAID! Where’s the nearest McDonald’s?”

    bullsfandom September 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    I think that of all the years, this is the Heat’s one shot to win a title. If they win it, next year will be the year of the ego, and the disease of more will tear that team apart – Pat Riley or Not. If they lose, then each of the 3 of them will start trying to do too much with the ball because their “superfriends” would have let them down this year.

    Having said that, I like the Bulls chances for the foreseeable future so long as they are able to keep Rose and Noah locked down.

  6. Matt Steigenga September 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Heat possible dynasty aside lets say they do win it all here and there (Heat that is) when their contracts are up they will all be old where Boah will barely be 30 and ROse will only be mid-20s. Im sure by then we will have added anothjer superstar as well. So once Heat’s Big 3 contracts are up it will be Bulls dynasty again since by then as said Heat are done, Celtics guys will be retired, I guess Orlando will be our East nemesis, and out West Lakers will be done since Kobe will have retired by then. We could see a Rose/Durant rivalry in 5 yrs. But hey if Bulls win Titles now then it could happen but right now I see them as the late 90s Lakers with Shaq and Kobe where they had a Title Team every yr but more experienced teams beat them and then once those other teams got old and disbanded, the Lakers threepeated in early 00s.

    hardtimes September 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    The Bulls are younger than the Heat and they can get deeper also if they need to. They have pieces to trade that Miami will never have as long as the big 3 are there. The Bulls have a lot more flexibility which may make them a better team than the Heat for the foreseeable future. Miami is stuck and it seems no decent players are going to come to them unless they are old and washed up.

    zillaa September 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    I actually agree with Boozer’s statement. The Bulls CAN win a championship this year if a few things go right (fewer injuries and our jump shooting improving). But don’t discount the Heat after this year. They can always sign veteran’s at the veteran’s minimum and then dump them as expiring contracts for good role players that think the veteran’s minimum is music to their ears.

    zillaa September 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Sorry, I should have ended that last sentence with ‘and in the NBA, there is always a GM willing to part with decent talent no matter how stupid the trade is.’

    reggie September 3, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    Its about time someon on the team spoke up and said it clearly yes, the bulls can win a championship and also do it soon maybe even this year I am not worried about the other teams my only concern is who on the bulls will be the main player outside of Rose and boozer Deng has to step his game up take pressure off of them Noah may beed to become more of an offensive threat yes our bulls are gonna win lots of games for years to come but I would love to see them win lots of CHampionships this is no longer a dream for us here in Chi to think of this is now reality we have the team and the means to make it all come true cannot wait to the season starts the hype of the season is now as big as the free agency was wish tip off was tonight oh well soon it will be game time again and its on in Chi so Magic Celts. and most of all the Heat get ready the baby bulls are growing up. Game on. Peace

  11. PTFC September 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    The bulls can realistically beat the magic and celtics. The Heat are a hard team to predict right now. They can either be the greatest team ever (literally) or underachieve because of chemistry and depth issues. I can’t see the Bulls right now beating an even more improved Laker team though. But soon Kobe will be further in his decline/retire. I think after the next year or two we will see alot of Bulls v Thunder finals, they are the top powerhouses of the future.

    Dj September 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    I think the Bulls can win a Championship title this season, if everybody does their part.

    GO BULLS!!!

    BULL4EVER September 4, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    The Bulls’ goal will remain an NBA title or a total disappointment because this has always been it’s main concept,hey this is a 6 NBA title-winning tradition,this is not at all a cavaliers,knicks,nets scrub organization in the Windy City.Postseason appearances and postseason series wins have always been totally unacceptable in Chicago where most other cities have always allowed this foolishness and that’s what Scott Skiles and VDN paid the price for. GO BULLS!!!!!

    bullsfandom September 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Lucas III is coming back!

    Dj September 5, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    @ bullsfandom,

    Yup John Lucas III is coming back and as far as I know the Bulls are planning on signing him to a 1 year deal to complete our 13 man roster with having a 3rd backup PG.

    So basically this is how our final roster is going to look like.

    PG: D. Rose
    SG: R. Brewer
    SF: L. Deng
    PF: C. Boozer
    C: J. Noah
    PG: C.J Watson
    SG: K. Korver
    SF: J. Johnson
    PF: Taj Gibson
    C: K. Thomas
    Back-up Players:
    PG: John Lucas III
    SG-F: K. Bogans
    C: O. Asik

    zib fi kus September 5, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    The bulls are gonna take a huge dump in the face of kobe and lebron. derrick rose will stick out his ding dong and feed it to dwight howard. but no ring. not yet. never. just hopeless hope

    Bam! September 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    @ DJ- Just a note, Ronnie Brewer will NOT be starting SG. He will be bench and Kyle Korver will start.

  18. Bam! September 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    @DJ- Just a note, Ronnie Brewer will not be the starting SG. He will come off the bench and Kyl Korver will start.

  19. Anonymous September 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    @DJ- Just a note, Ronnie Brewer will not be the starting SG. He will come off the bench and Kyl Korver will start.

  20. Bam! September 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    @DJ- Brewer will not be the starting SG. Korver will.

  21. Bam! September 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Whoops, I didn’t realize it posted the first comment, so I wrote it again. Sorry for saying the same thing twice.

  22. OnSomeBull September 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I like the optimism but I don’t think that we are going to win a championship not even the eastern conference title. I would love for the Bulls to win the title but the Heat are going to be better and even if we were to beat LeBron and company, we couldn’t the Lakers. I mean we definitely got better this offseason but not better than the Heat. We got knocked out by a weaker Cav team and the Heat are so far ahead of those Cavs; it’s unfair and will make the game less interesting. Wade has always done us in. We are crazy to think a team with both Wade and Lebron won’t be the champs for the next several years. Boozer and the rest of the Jazz are a good look but in no way better then the Heat or the Lakers. If we traded Deng for Melo that would be the only way I see us winning a championship. Besides that we are sadly mistaken. I do think we will be a solid # 2 coming out of the conference though.

  23. Bam! September 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Nevermind, I just checked and Brewer will start. But just a couple weeks ago I saw the Bulls depth chart and it said that Korver woukd start. Weird.

    SC23 @ BullsConnect September 6, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I’m with Booz on this one. Gar and Pax have done a great job of assembling a team that will not only compete for a ring one year, but for the next 5-7 years as well. I’m super excited for the pre-season to start, so I can get a look at my new Bulls. #SeeRed GO BULLS!!!

  25. Anonymous September 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    The Bulls are in a better position than Boston, Miami, and Orlando to compete for a championship for the next 7 years. Boston is too old. Orlando is too one dimensional and has cap issues. Miami will have to be rebuilt every year due to bench age, they have very few picks in the next 5 years, cap issues, and i believe they will have chemistry issues if they don’t win right away.

    Talk it up Boozer! Lets go Bulls!

    BoppinBob September 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    I believe that depending on how quickly the team gels the Bulls can be contenders this season. If Rose has developed a consistent 3pt shot he and Deng should have plenty of opportunity to make other teams pay for packing it inside like last year. With Boozer, Brewer and Rose potentially slashing to the basket and Noah and Boozer rebounding the Bulls offense should be much more diverse. And the 2nd team of Watson, Korver, JJ, Gibson and Thomas should be able to generate some offense on its own. I wish it were the end of October now.

    Dj September 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    @ Boppinbob

    Don’t forget about John Lucas III, Keith Bogans and Omer Asik. They will also have their chance to play this year behind their bench rotation players, when the Bulls have their blow out games against: Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota, Toronto and Sacramento lol.

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