Bulls Carlos Boozer says he and coach Thibodeau have no quarrels
When the Bulls faced the Sacramento Kings, Thibodeau did not bench Boozer as he does during the fourth quarters and kept him on the court. Boozer was finally getting what he wanted but the match ended in a 99-70 loss for the Bulls. Thibodeau always said that the reason he benched Boozer was because he wasn’t the type of player to fare well in the last minutes of the game and he had better players to play for that time. Thibodeau might have let him play as a way of reminding him why he was coach and he was player but it seemed that the coach just let him play because he wanted him to. When the game was over, Boozer said that he had no hard feelings for the coach and their relation was as good as ever.
Boozer said that he and Thibodeau had the same good relationship and their goal at the end of the day was the same: to win games.
"Me and Thibs, we're both on the same page. We compete, we just want to win and I'm a competitor. Of course I want to be out there when the game is on the line,” Thibodeau said. “If you have a teammate that doesn't want to be out there, then he shouldn't be in the NBA. We're all competitors.”
“We want to win. We all want to be out there and tonight, throw this one out of the window. Get ready for the next one.”
Boozer said that Thibodeau understood the need to win games and that was what mattered most.
"But Thibs understands. We've talked about it before and he wants to win. We want to win. It's only us. Nobody’s coming to save us this year. We’ve got to do it with what we’ve got in the locker room,” Boozer said. “We're all aware of that and we’ll be ready for the next one. It’s a long grind of a season. We’re in the hunt, trying to climb up a little bit. We have a chance to make a little progress."