The Utah Jazz fandom is the best, at least according to Carlos Boozer.
The Utah Jazz has the best fanbase in the entire NBA, at least that’s what former power forward Carlos Boozer claims. Boozer, who signed with the Utah Jazz in 2004, spent six years in Salt Lake City. He came in and was eventually paired with Deron Williams and the two led the Jazz to some successful seasons.
He’d also play for the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Chicago Bulls, so if you coupled that with his time with the Cavaliers, it’s fair to say his statement may hold some water. Going on the Roundball Roundup Podcast, a Utah Jazz podcast, Boozer went on to explain his love affair with the Utah Jazz fandom, saying;
Nah, we had the best fan base man. We packed the house. All six years I was in Utah, the gym was packed every single night. Everybody was standing up, especially in that playoff series. And obviously, as we advanced that year too, you look ahead to the Spurs and what have you. It’s a treat to be able to have fans that support you, no matter what. We fell short of trying to win a championship for the organization but they built a winning culture there. And that’s why, when I was a free agent in 2004, I wanted to go to a winner. And Utah was that place.
To be fair, Boozer may have some of the best insight in the NBA to make such claims. He’s played for three pretty legendary franchises The Bulls, Cavs, and Lakers. Those three squads have some of the best, most loyal fans in the NBA, so for him to go with the Jazz as the best fandom he’s ever seen is certainly something that speaks volumes.
Now, he may not think the Cavaliers rank as high as the Jazz, simply because of how the city now views him. The only reason he was a free agent in 2004, which would’ve been the end of his second and start of his third season in the NBA, was because the Cavaliers opted to not pick up his rookie contract.
The idea was they’d reward Boozer with a new deal, and he’d re-sign with the Cavs and be the running buddy LeBron James needed in those early years. Boozer would go on to sign with the Jazz and many in Cleveland saw this as a betrayal. An idea Boozer rejects, but there wasn’t any reason for the Cavs to not pick up his player option in 2004 had a hand-shake agreement not been made in the first place.
But, at the end of the day, only Boozer and the Cavs front office at the time knew really went on. So it’s fair the Cavs fandom probably never even made it into the conversation.