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.
"Obviously me being hurt, that hurt us a little bit. I think if I was healthy we'd have a higher seed (than eighth in the Western Conference) in the playoffs," he said. "But, at the same time, maybe it does (have an impact on his status).
"You know, I can't control having knee surgery. I had to have it. I tried to avoid it, but I had to have it," added Boozer, who first sustained a quadriceps injury and later underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. "So if it affects me from that respect then that's (Sloan's) decision."
But Boozer did suggest he'd be open to yielding some of his minutes to Millsap, who in July signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Portland that was matched by Utah.
"If we're winning, and everybody gets out there and has a chance to help us win, I'm happy with that," said Boozer, who averaged 32.3 minutes last season and 34.5 in 2007-08.Full Article