There is a place where Carlos Boozer could find redemption.

A place he could find some sort of atonement.

The Bulls power forward slowly raised his tattooed right arm upward, pointing his finger into the darkness of the United Center rafters.

"Right up there,'' Boozer insisted on Monday. "You put [a championship banner] up there … the biggest thing is wins, that's what it all comes down to. Honestly. It comes down to wins and losses, everything else is water under the bridge. We win? Man, if we win, we're going to party for a long time.''

Boozer especially.

Yes, the team has had injuries the last two seasons, none bigger than when Derrick Rose tore his left ACL in the first game of the playoffs last year. Different faces, different injuries. The one constant in the underachieving, however? The 6-9, 266-pound scapegoat that is Boozer.