Scottie Pippen: Bulls lost because of Boozer and Noah
"You can’t have two of your top high-paid players sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter," Pippen said. "And that isn’t just last night’s game. We have seen this the whole season. So for us to think the Bulls are going to go farther when your high-priced players are not going to carry you and finish games for you … you’re not talking about a championship team.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One day after comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen went at Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
The Hall of Fame three-man blamed this duo for the Bulls loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, saying that no team wins a championship with their second and third best players on the bench during the fourth quarter.
Pippen is right. However, Noah is still young and gets a partial mulligan on his uneven play.
The real issue is Boozer. Last summer, he signed a $75 million extension to be Derrick Rose’s running mate. The four-man was expected to be a second-in-command, a co-capo if you will.
Boozer has been a disappointment. Sure, he was injured for much of the season, but the real problem is that the Bulls offense revolves around Rose.
And for the Bulls to get past Miami in 2012, they need more from Boozer. Or they’ll have to find a new second star.