Friday, September 24, 2010
Carlos Boozer: Keep Joakim Noah
Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is a huge fan of Carmelo Anthony, but as far as rumors about trading Joakim Noah to the Denver Nuggets for Anthony, Boozer made his position clear Friday.
"I want Joakim Noah to stay," Boozer said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I don't want to see him in any uniform but a Bulls uniform."
Noah might not have to worry. Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Friday that the Nuggets are engaged in four-team trade talks that could land Anthony in New Jersey with the Nets.
Boozer isn't worried that trade rumors will affect Noah, who recently said he wants to stay with the Bulls and said he understands the business aspect of the NBA.
"Jo can handle that," Boozer said. "He's a mature guy. He's 25 now. He's been in the league for a few years. It wasn't the first time his name has been mentioned, and it won't be the last.
"Jo loves being a Chicago Bull, so for him, he'll be excited at camp. I've known him for three, four months now, and his excitement level to be in this city and play for the Bulls is not matched by anybody else. He'll be able to handle all the questions about it, and be ready to rock and roll."
Still, as a former Utah Jazz All-Star, Boozer is well aware of Anthony's talents after their battles in the Western Conference.
"Carmelo Anthony is unbelievable, and hard to stop offensively," Boozer said. "We played him in the playoffs last year, and we beat them 4-2, but the two games they won he single-handedly won the games by himself.
"The thing about 'Melo is he's as pure a scorer as we have in the game, because he can do it so many different ways. He can shoot the 3, can post-up, has great ball-handling ability. He's a handful to defend."
ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chad Ford reported that Anthony has the New York Knicks atop his wish list with the Bulls as a "1A" option.
"You can't be excited about it until it happens, and you can't be disappointed about it if it doesn't happen," Boozer said. "If Carmelo stays in Denver, they have one heck of a ballplayer. If we're able to land him, or whatever team is able to land him, will get one heck of a ballplayer.
"We have to wait back and see what happens. It's one of those scenarios where it's out of everybody's control, except for the Nuggets. Obviously, they probably want to keep him more than anything else, but if he does get moved, it will be interesting to see where he ends up."