Chicago Bulls mainstay Carlos Boozer has admitted that he is far from happy with consistently being left on the bench late in the fourth quarter by coach Tom Thibodeau, insisting that while he understands the decision he should be leading the team in clutch moments at the close of important matches.
Boozer sat on the bench to finish Chicago's first two road games of a six-match away stretch, a huge victory at the San Antonio Spurs followed up by defeat in New Orleans.
That run was ended in a sloppy 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings last night but only because Joakim Noah was ejected in the third quarter, with Boozer openly admitting his unhappiness with the situation before that clash.
He told the Chicago Tribune: "I think I should be out there, but it's (Thibodeau's) choice.
"I play. I don't coach. But honestly, he's been doing that a lot since I've been here, not putting me in in the fourth quarter. Sometimes we win, more times than not we don't.
"It's very frustrating, especially when I've got a great game going," Boozer said of sitting down the stretch. "Obviously as a competitor, you want to help your team win and especially when the game is close, you can do things that can help your team win. And not being out there, all you could do is really cheer them on."
All 248 of Boozer's appearances for Chicago have come from a place in the starting five, remaining an integral part of a side still in strong contention for a play-off spot despite Derrick Rose being sidelined for the rest of the season.
The Bulls still have three more road games to complete this week as a tough run of fixtures continues, with trips to Phoenix and Golden State swiftly followed by a Sunday night clash with the Los Angeles Lakers.