I think I've beaten the dead horse enough concerning Rip Hamilton, for now.
But now to shift our focus to the starting power forward Carlos Boozer, the perennial dead horse for Chicago Bulls fans all over the Internet.
Boozer has been the target of unbelievable scrutiny from Bulls fans and reporters alike.
"Why the Bulls Should Trade Carlos Boozer."
"We need to amnesty Carlos Boozer."
"Carlos Boozer is soft as hell!!!!!!"
Those are tidbits of what you will see on a typical Facebook page (minus some of the "vulgar" dialogue).
But why go after a power forward who has averaged roughly 16.3 PPG and 9.1 TRB? This is the type of power forward the Bulls were looking forward to during the summer of 2010, right?
Well, we must all remember why Bulls fans and writers were so thrilled to see Boozer come to Chicago.
In other words, Boozer was a recruiting tactic to bring LeBron James to Chicago.
And while Chicago was shoring up a huge hole at power forward, they were also counting on a third scorer like James to come in to Chicago.
When James took his talents to South Beach, the Bulls went with their "Plan B," which effectively was the reason Chicago signed the likes of Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, Kurt Thomas, etc.
Instead of bringing in the true second option that Derrick Rose needed, Bulls management believed that a strong bench would compensate for the lack of scoring by making a more defensive oriented team under Tom Thibodeau.
The philosophy wasn't necessarily flawed.
The Bulls were ranked the No. 1 defense when holding teams under 85 points in 2010-11 en route to 62-20 record and the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs.
The problem with that Bulls team stemmed from the lack of a true starting scorer.
Kyle Korver, the team's three-point option off of the bench, averaged 8.3 PPG while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc. He sparked what came to be known as the "Bench Mob," the backups to the Chicago starters.
Luol Deng played a full 82 game season, a great surprise for a Bulls team used to having to play many games without Deng in the lineup. And while he averaged 17.4 PPG, Deng was not supposed to be the long-term second scoring option. He was (and still is) considered the best defender on the team, facing the other team's best scorer consistently.
However, Carlos Boozer wouldn't play for the Bulls until November 1st thanks to a broken hand before he was able to step onto the court in a Bulls uniform. Conversely, the Bulls were without Joakim Noah for 2 months thanks to a torn ligament in his right thumb that needed surgical repair.
Once Boozer and Noah got back on the floor, and Derrick Rose continued his MVP season, the Bulls became a force to be reckoned with.
But once the playoffs began that season, Korver began missing more three-point shots after the first round of the postseason. Though his percentage behind the arc rose by one point, Korver became more inconsistent as the postseason lagged on.
He seemed less clutch off of the bench than he did versus Indiana. Averaging roughly 6 PPG, his production slacked in the playoffs, forcing guys like Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose having to carry the team through the postseason.
Now back to the horse beating of Carlos Boozer, which most likely earned Carlos his reputation among Bulls fans as a "bumslayer," or in other words a player who can't play in big games but can play against bad teams like an MVP.
Not such an unfair assessment of Boozer since his PPG plummeted to 12.9 from that regular season's 17.5 PPG average he posted.
Fast-forward to 2011-12, and the Bulls experienced more injury problems. This time, they afflicted Rose, Deng, Watson, and as mentioned for the 15th million time Rip Hamilton.
The Bulls saw Boozer's PPG production fall to 15 PPG and 8.5 TRB, Korver shot 44 percent from behind the arc for the shortened season, and Korver averaged 8.1 PPG.
Boozer started all 66 games, but averaged fewer points than during his 59-game 2010-11 season.
When the playoffs started this year, Rose and Hamilton looked like a less flashy version of James and Wade.
But after the subsequent injuries to Rose and Noah, the end of the season came sooner rather than later for the top-seeded, 50-16 Chicago Bulls.
Boozer scored 13.5 PPG for the Bulls, while Deng scored 14.0 PPG, and Hamilton rose to the occasion by averaging 13.0 PPG.
These numbers wouldn't be enough to save Chicago, especially following a tumultuous conclusion to Game 6 that saw two terrible turnovers and 3 points from Carlos Boozer.
Three points. In an elimination game.
Not going to help a reputation already tarnished by his lack of "big games" during the regular season.
So what can be gleamed from all of these stats?
Boozer can't score in big games, especially elimination games as documented from his stellar five point performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Miami in 2011.
Korver is a solid scorer, off of the bench.
Rip Hamilton, well he was decent in the playoffs without Derrick Rose.
There's a reason I did not mention the "Bench Mob," seeing that the Bulls are a defensive oriented team.
The stats provided are just evidence of the lack of Chicago's true scoring nature after Derrick Rose and Luol Deng.
With Deng's injury history and Carlos Boozer having to play second option minutes while posting third option numbers, the Bulls lack a true second option even with a healthy squad of starters.
Needless to say, this factored greatly into the end of the Bulls' past two seasons. And the position that suffered from it most had to be shooting guard.