Carlos Boozer sidelined two months with broken hand
CHICAGO — Former Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer, one of the Chicago Bulls' top offseason acquisitions, broke his right hand Saturday and could be out for two months.
Boozer fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his hand Saturday and will have surgery Tuesday. He was evaluated by team physician Dr. Brian Cole and hand specialist Dr. Marc Cohen of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, one of the nation's top sports medicine centers.
"It was just dark. My doorbell had rang, and I tripped over a bag, tried to brace myself and it popped. I jumped back up, opened the door and my hand was still a little bit numb," Boozer told reporters at a Bulls practice Sunday evening.
Boozer said it was a bag he'd had at training camp.
"I went back to my place, hadn't unpacked the bag yet, came around the corner, running to get the door and fell over it," he said. "I'm 265, 5 percent body fat. I'm heavy, man. I guess I had to brace myself, and my weight just collapsed the bone right there."
Boozer spent the previous six years with Utah and averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds last season before joining the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal with the Jazz.
Injuries plagued Boozer during his six seasons in Utah. He missed 138 of 492 games (28 percent) with the Jazz. The two-time All-Star was relatively healthy in his final season in Utah, playing 78 of 82 games. He did catch flak from some fans and skeptics after missing the key regular-season finale after tweaking an oblique muscle.
"I don't feel like I'm cursed, just bad luck," Boozer said. "I'll get a new bag, though. And I'll have someone else answer the door."
Should he heal in the guesstimated eight weeks, Boozer would be back long before the Bulls play the Jazz. The Bulls travel to Utah on Feb. 9, and the Jazz head to Chicago on March 12.
A two-time All-Star, Boozer has a five-year deal worth about $75 million. The Bulls were counting on him to team with Joakim Noah for a solid inside game, while also giving star point guard Derrick Rose an option on the pick-and-roll.
The Bulls hired Tom Thibodeau as their new coach and also added Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans and Kyle Korver in the offseason to try to move deeper into the postseason after consecutive first-round playoff eliminations.
Chicago begins preseason play Tuesday night.
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