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Monday, January 2, 2012
Boozer: Bulls have title potential

By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- There is no doubt in Carlos Boozer's mind where the 2011-2012 version of the Chicago Bulls rank amongst teams he's played for in his career.

Carlos Boozer
With 17 points and 11 boards, Carlos Boozer posted his second double-double of the season on Sunday.

"I thought we had a chance last year," he said after Sunday night's victory. "I think we're going to have a chance this year. I think we're going to have a chance every year. I think aside from Olympic teams and All Star teams, this is probably the most talented team I've ever been on. And that's exciting. I think we have like five or six guys averaging double figures. A couple guys off the bench close to that. The scoring is so balanced. It's awesome. Honestly, I think this might be the most talented team I've been on in the NBA."

Boozer wanted to keep the focus on team goals when he was asked whether or not he was playing to change people's perception about him this season. The Duke alum has been a constant source of fan frustration since his underwhelming performance during the postseason last spring. Boozer, who signed a five year deal worth close to $80 million last summer, said he has no issue with how he's been received by Chicago fans.

"I just want to win," he said. "I'm not worried about any personal stuff. This is about our team. I think everything will take care of itself as long as long as we continue to do what we're capable of doing."

Boozer actually praised the way fans have treated him.

"I feel fine about it," he said of the reception from fans. "I feel fine about it. It felt great. I got great fans. Fans supported me throughout the whole season, and playoffs as well. Showed great love tonight. It was exciting."

Moreover, fan perception isn't one of Boozer's chief concerns.

"I'm not even worried about that, honestly," he said. "I don't know what story you guys are trying to write but what I'm going to tell you is, we're just worried about getting better every day as a group of guys. And continue to march in a direction of our goals. You guys can write that story."