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Boozer Doublespeak

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     So Booze just did an interview on Jim Rome's show where, somehow he made news without saying anything really newsworthy.  However, although nothing new was really said, Boozer's rhetoric does tell us quite a bit about where his intentions really are.  Maybe it's because I just finished reading Orwell's 1984, or just the fact that I absolutely can't wait to wave Boozer good-bye from Salt Lake International Airport, but I looked in to what he told Jim Rome about his future wtih the Jazz, and thought to share. 

Boozer's "doublespeak" tactics aren't that hard to decipher:

1. Say what you're supposed to say

2. Say what you really think

3. Repeat step 1 or step 1 AND 2 (most importantly step 1)


Let's have a look (this is from Tim Buckley's article in the Deseret News)

EXHIBIT A: On if it's possible he'll opt out, then re-sign and extend with the Jazz anyway: "Definitely possible. But again, like I said, that's up to them. You know, I think I let everybody know that I wanted to be there – and, at the same time, for me, let's see how they approach me, and then do what's best for me and my family."


1. Say what you're supposed to say: "Definitely possible"

2. Say what you really think: "But again, like I said, that's up to them."

3. Repeat step 1: "You know, I think I let everybody know that I wanted to be there"

    Repeat step 2: "and, at the same time, for me, let's see how they approach me, and then do what's best for me and my family"

EXHIBIT B:  On if he thinks the Jazz will offer what he thinks he's worth: "Well, we'll see. I mean, obviously, you know, my agent (Rob Pelinka) has been talking to their GM (general manager Kevin O'Connor), and we'll see what happens. But obviously there's teams out there that are very interested as well, and hopefully they can come to a decision and we'll go from there."

1. Say what you're supposed to say: "Well, we'll see. I mean, obviously, you know, my agent (Rob Pelinka) has been talking to their GM (general manager Kevin O'Connor), and we'll see what happens."

2. Say what you really think: "But obviously there's teams out there that are very interested as well, and hopefully they can come to a decision and we'll go from there"

EXHIBIT C: On what his decision will come down to: "Being happy. Just want to be happy. I want to win a championship, and at the same time I want to enjoy it. And this is a good opportunity, in such an insecure economy, to secure myself financially doing something I love to do. I'm very appreciate of that, and to have a chance to do it is very advantageous (for) me. But, at the same time, I want to be happy and enjoy what I do."

1. Say what you're supposed to say: "Being happy. Just want to be happy. I want to win a championship"

2. Say what you really think: "...and at the same time I want to enjoy it. And this is a good opportunity, in such an insecure economy, to secure myself financially doing something I love to do"

EXHIBIT D: "I want to make the best decision we can, obviously," Boozer, on set in Los Angeles, said to Rome. "Do my homework, do my due diligence and on June 30th I'll decide either to opt in or opt out."

1. Say what you're supposed to say: "I want to make the best decision we can, obviously, Do my homework, do my due diligence and on June 30th I'll decide either to opt in"

2. Say what you really think: "...or opt out."

     You can't blame a guy for wanting to make his situation more comfortable and to provide for his family.  Though I guess after his divorce, he'll mainly be making child support payments, but that's besides the point and really not anybody else's business but his own.  However, pulling the collective leg of the Jazz organization, that you can blame a guy for. Either shut your mouth until you decide, or tell everybody straight out and don't try to pretend like you're in it for the love of the game or even winning a championship. I'm pretty sure if the go-nowhere Raptors ponied up more dough for Boozer than the Jazz or the Pistons or anybody else, Boozer would play for a sub-.500 team and not think a thing of it. Eh?!

Link to the story: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/print/705309360/Utah-Jazz-Boozer-says-contract-status-is-up-to-Jazz.html

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