I guess you can be a little sarcastic when your team is off to its best start in franchise history, and your best player is putting up Malone-like numbers.

Carlos Boozer scored 35 points in 33 minutes Monday, sure, but where was his pro-forma double-double? Undone by a mere nine rebounds, the slacker. And is it too nitpicky to point out he missed two of his 16 shots? Give him a pass this time – it was his 25th birthday.

Boozer’s having as good a start to 2006-07 as anyone in the league. Wouldn’t it be funny if he were somehow able to beat out LeBron James for the MVP award, and if his Jazz took out the Cavs in the playoffs?

Long way off…but fun to dabble in the possibilities, nonetheless.