Utah Jazz notebook: Battle for starting forward spot news to Boozer
When training camp opened Saturday, coach Jerry Sloan made it known he had not yet decided if in*****bent Carlos Boozer or backup Paul Millsap
will start the 2009-10 NBA season at power forward for the Jazz.It was news to Boozer.
"I feel like I’m the starter," the two-time NBA All-Star said Sunday, before the Jazz open their second day of two-a-days. "I think I’ve earned that. That’s the only role I’ve been in my whole career."
Boozer has started each game he’s played in four of his five seasons with the Jazz, and started 129 of 156 in during his two years in Cleveland.
"I think it’s great to have competition," said Boozer, who during the offseason expressed eagerness to be traded to either Chicago or Miami. "You know, I think Paul is very good. I guess if we are competing, then we’re competing for it. But I feel like I am the starter."
Boozer indicated he did not feel the fact he missed 45 games due to injury last season should be held against him in the season to come.