To boo or not to boo? That is the question.
Last night the Utah Jazz opened their preseason against the Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake. The place was semi-full. I'd say about 60 percent, which is a lot for a preseason game. My theory is the game was not televised anywhere...so many Jazz fans in Salt Lake decided to go to the game instead. Like me they were starved for some NBA action, the first since April 2009.
The game was broadcast on the local radio station. I'm sorry David Locke, you are no Hot Rod Hundley, and radio broadcasts for me are like watching a drive-in movie with no sound.
The usual Jazz sounds were in the air; the same old Tone Loc "Wild Thang" from like 1984, the same "D-FENSE!! D-FENSE!!" chants, the same old comatose subdued tone from the PA announcer when the Nuggets scored and the same piercing shrills of crazy Jazz fan ladies like me every time the Jazz stole the ball and yeah, you get the idea.
But there was one new sound, one sound which I believe was warranted and maybe not as loud as I would have liked, but hey its preseason but it was the sounds of "BOOOO" from a few fans, including myself whenever Mr. Carlos Boozer touched the ball.
Even at the free throw line. A little harsh, I know.
But I cheered when he made it!
I used to love Boozer, I used to stick up for him while everyone else complained incessantly about him and his flat feet and slowly molded his path towards ostracization.
Yes, I was a Boozer defender, not to long ago...Ill admit it.
But I just cant seem to cheer for a player like him anymore, not like I used to at least.
Don't get me wrong, I am the most hardcore Jazz freak this side of the Mississippi. And I usually don't ever boo any player on my team, but Boozer is a cold piece of work.
I never thought I'd approach despising another player that wasn't wearing a Laker jersey, especially a player on my favorite team.
Besides the only reason he is saying "I'm trying to win back their respect" in reference to Utah fans is because he knows this is his make or break year, literally, his reputation and the balance in his bank account in 2011 all depend on how he performs this year.
He has proven one thing to me in his five years with the Jazz and that is he can't be trusted. And in this world, that is all a man has, after all is said and done.
My idea is if you are a true Jazz fan, you will boo him too. It only makes sense, but that is your choice.
I'm not saying Kobe kind of booing but at least enough to let him know we don't appreciate his offseason actions and comments. Enough to send a message. Let him know that we wont stand for it.
I'm sure many of my fellow Jazz fans will disagree and say that we should support him regardless since he is a Jazz player for the time being. But please remember he won't be a Jazz man for long.
So BOOOO...ers feel free to let yourselves be heard.