Carlos Boozer may be the worst public relations spokesman in the history of the NBA. He’s simply awful at creating “good-karma” and “positive vibe”. It goes back to his time in Cleveland when he tricked a blind-man owner into letting him out of his restricted free-agent status, and quickly signed a bigger contract offer with the Jazz. He was considered “slime” then (certainly by Cleveland fans), and is still being ripped apart now (his reputation becoming absolutely crushed).
We all remember Boozer saying he’d opt-out of his contract during last season… (when he happened to be injured… while sitting on the bench in a suit… promising us that he’d get a raise even if he did so). Incredible! He later decided to opt-in to play for the Jazz another season, reneging on his earlier preconceived & intended claim to become a free agent. Message sent: It’s all about the money! Next, he goes off spouting to Chicago and Miami radio stations, acting out like a supposed free-agent by hoping and wishing for a trade. Message sent: I don’t want to play in Utah.
Funny enough, Boozer’s posturing sent an awkward message to Pat Riley -GM of the Miami Heat- and caused this reaction from Riley regarding Boozer’s intention to play for the Heat… "I wasn't really comfortable with it. I really don't know what kind of agreement that he and Utah have," he said. "We have had conversations about a number of things, but there hasn't been anything really, at all, nothing, about a trade for Carlos Boozer." Message sent: We don't want you. Wow. Way to go Booz! Now... no one wants you.
Being a Jazz fan, I’m certain that I’ll forgive Boozer once he starts putting up big numbers and helping the team win ball games, but until that happens (and I’m pretty certain he’ll be playing for us next season), I still want this guy outta here. For anything...