Boozer out 8 weeks with fractured wrist

Per Bulls email press release:

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer sustained a fracture of his right hand (5th metacarpal) on October 2, 2010.  He was evaluated by team physician Dr. Brian Cole and hand specialist Dr. Marc Cohen of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.  The fracture will require surgery and Carlos will likely be out 8 weeks.

And so it begins already.  What's interesting is that he injured the hand on an off day from practice, so it will be interesting to find out that story. [edit] per ESPN Chicago: According to team sources, Boozer tripped over a bag in his house and fell.[/edit]

Injuries were one of the prime concerns of signing Carlos Boozer, and prior to the first pre-season game, Boozer is out with an injured wrist for eight weeks.

This is going to leave a serious mark on the Bulls attempt to capture both the division, and the fourth or higher seed.   They're fortunate that the injury happened early, but eight weeks still means the Bulls project to miss Boozer for 15 games which is a bit under 20% of the season. 

Boozer's presence also robs them of his talents against the western conference on the circus trip and will make things especially difficult for the Bulls during a difficult period of the schedule.   I'd say the injury probably already costs the Bulls around four to five wins on the season which should considerably lower expectations for the season win totals.

Prior to the news, I felt the Bulls could compete for the 3rd seed and even had a shot at the 2nd seed in a complete upside scenario, but the rest of the team will likely need to play out of their minds early in order to compensate for the injury.

On top of that, they won't get any practice in running the pick and roll with a dominant power forward, and Boozer won't have had any time to develop continuity with the team which means even when he comes back integrating him into the offense will still be challenging.

At this point, all we can say is at least it wasn't worse, but it's bad enough.

In terms of the Carmelo trade, the deal is likely dead now, as the Bulls are really hurt with a lack of front court depth without Boozer around.  However, I'm not sure it should be.

I could still go either way.  If a trade improves your team with Boozer in the fold then you make it.  Suck up the losses, and prepare to be much better when he comes back healthy.  Melo's scoring would also help tremendously without Boozer to provide some offensive punch to this line up.

Given that talks seem to have broken down anyway, and it looks like Denver may wait until the deadline now that camp has started, it probably wouldn't effect a trade


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  • Do you think the Bulls will make a move or bring in somebody significant to soften the blow?

  • Wow... this is not a good way to start the season. How did he fracture his hand on a off day. UNBEILEVEABLE!!!!


    Remember what happened when Tyrus got hurt last year and Taj came outta the blue! This is Omer Asiks time to shine!

  • Uh...Doug? Sounds like your hopes of James Johnson getting some playing time just got INFINITELY better.

  • Going back to your last article on JJ....we talked about injuries happening for him to get a chance...and here you go. He might get a chance in a smaller line-up with Deng playing some PF against smaller PFs like Rashard Lewis.
    I hope it is not a stupid injury like what Carlos Quentin from the White Sox will just be bad publicity.

    I hope this year's quota of injuries for Boozer is over;-)


    Why didn't the Bulls sign Louis Amundson again? That was stupid.

    Other possibilities...

    - Earl Barron
    - Josh Boone
    - Chris Wilcox (he could get bought out by Detroit)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yes...Yes...Yes...We need insurance. Earl Barron by a mile. We just need rebounding and an inside presence off the bench.

    No panic button. I agree with you. I said it time and time again that we should have snagged Amundson in case we traded Taj for Melo, but Taj will come up big for us. I expect his production to result in a double double a game.


  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Agreed Mr. Happy I thought the same thing!
    I liked Amundson in Sacramento the little he was there and he really got good as a hard nosed worker (Noah type) in Phoenix. We should have brought him in I don't know why we didn't. Is he still available or did some team snatch him up already? I would have rather seen him here then Ginger Scab or Richards. :-(

  • THE rest of the team will have to step up to fill Boozer's place which may be a good thing in case the Bulls try to trade for Melo.

  • This is what they have Taj for, slide in Asik, James Johnson, & Kirk Thomas as reserves

  • Very unfortunate.

    But I'm not going to get negative on this season till it's all said and done.
    I'm glad we still have our starting PF from last year. Without Taj, I'd be a lot more down right now.

  • I was trying to be positive and provide a little hope lol

  • I hope it wasn't his wank hand......that would suck.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Don't worry - all the reports on Boozer say he finishes well with both hands!!

  • In reply to bcz1980:


  • In reply to bcz1980:



    What's with Duke guys and injuries?

    - Grant Hill
    - Luol Deng
    - Carlos Boozer


  • Oh yeah, I forgot a few.

    - Jay Williams
    - Bobby Hurley
    - Mike Dunleavy Jr.

    ...and on and on and on.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think JJ Redick, Duhon and Shane Battier might have a different opinion. They have had some injuries I am sure..but they have been relatively healthy.
    But this Boozer injury is a big issue for the Bulls.
    I somehow get the feeling this year is a wash in a way and not because of Boozer but of so many new players need to build chemistry.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    That's a piss poor way to look at it!
    We have 3 from Utah that have played and like each other. Rose, Noah are the heart, Taj will have another chance to play like he did last year and start at PF...things are on the up and up.
    Sucks Boozer will not be there to build chemistry with Noah and Rose from the start, but man this darn circus crap really kicks us in the B@lls every year with that darn long west coast trip. Talk about getting off on the wrong foot every year out of the gate...making preseason so important to hit the ground running!

  • Doug,

    Let's hit the PANIC BUTTON. Good approach Doug.

    He's only out for November. That's a tough month anyway, given the West Coast trip. Let's see if your boy DICKEY can learn how to play basketball and help pick up the slack.

    I'm not optimistic.

  • Doug,

    Your boy Dickey will be lucky to be in the rotation.

    I suspect Scalabrine and Thomas will get minutes over DICKEY. And the same can be said for Korver and Bogans.

    Why did we draft DICKEY again? Bad talent evaluation.

  • i guess this means Boozer will miss closer to 10-12 weeks. What a great way to start the season.

  • 15 GAMES:

    Let's say Boozer gets back by December 1st. They Bulls only play 15 games by then.

    I still think they can go 10-5 in that stretch, without Boozer.

    Let's not PANIC.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    10-5??? Very optomistic. They have the circus road trip that i had them coming out of at .500 w/ Boozer. If they finish Novembver at .500 now I will be very happy. (Not Mr Happy, but very happy)

  • In reply to bcz1980:


    Look at the schedule. There is 10 wins in there.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    are 10 wins...damn.

  • You have to admire Happy. He always has a ready-made list of scrubs or superstars to trade for at every position.

  • Well, as soon as I saw the headline on the Trib's website I headed over here, where my first thought (that is, after thinking "You've got to be F-ing kidding me!!) was, I wonder if anyone knows, given Boozer lengthy history of past injuries - is he a fast healer? When they say 8 weeks, does that really mean (for him) 10 weeks? Or does it mean 6 weeks? Doug, I don't know if you could stand doing the research necessary to track down his injury history...I know I certainly don't have the heart to...

  • Will this linger over and affect his shooting for the season based on this kind of injury history? I guess most of the time missed is rehab time rather than the healing time.

    The big problem here is Boozer is more of a pick and pop shooter rather than someone who backs down and just shoots a 5-10 footer which doesn't depend on your wrist..

  • I assume that MON meant Asik playing center and Noah playing power forward. We might see a little bit of that.

  • Doug, I have to call bad karma on you on this one.

    Your glee over TT reading your mind by stopping practice to castigate Deng for taking a long 2 has just been paid back.

    You have obcessed on the injury factor for Boozer way too much for way too long, and now it has happened before the season even starts and to add insult to injury it is a non basketball injury.

    Can you say Jinx, you don't secretly work for Sports Illustrated, do you?

    On a more positive note, this will give other guys several more minutes a game than they might otherwise get. Hopefully, like Taj last season, someone will step us and show us more than we were expecting and we will be a stronger team when Boozer returns and in the playoffs as a result.

    It could be Taj again, it could be JJ, it could be Asik(my hope), it could even be Watson in a small ball lineup, it could be Brewer at small forward. It could be all of the above.

  • Doug,

    To say the Bulls just lost a 2/3 seed because a Boozer is going to miss 15 games is you just panicking.

    The Bulls have the depth to go 10-5 in that stretch.

  • Mitchell,

    Don't panic, like Doug.


    This should allow Deng to become more offensive. Thus, his trade value will rise.

    So, when December 15th roles around, Melo will be right there for the talking...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Taj too. Both those guys trade values should increase.

    Melo to the Bulls on December for it.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This should help our changes to get Melo at the trade leadline or before. Melo wants to come to the Bulls and with Boozer our everyone should pick it up so I hope Deng, Taj, JJ all play great and we have a hard decision to make if to pack them up to Denver for Melo. We might just want to keep the 3 after all. :-)
    I'm hoping JJ figures it out and plays great! I like his size and athletism don't rule him out so fast Mr. Happy!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Boozer is a joke. Well, it looks like classic circus trip(6-14). In April the Bulls will be "fighting" for 8 seed... again... and playing the Heat in the first round if we are lucky. Utah fans are in big lol mode

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Also Vinny del Negro will be in lol mode. I wonder how will fans evaluate Thibs once the circus trip is over...Looking foward to read the critics

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Well ... let's look at this game by game ...
    Assuming that he makes it back right after the road trip and plays Dec. 1 against Orlando.

    @OKC - With = L ... w/o = L
    vDET - With = W ... w/o = W
    vPOR - With = W ... w/o = L <--- vNYK - With = W ... w/o = W @BOS - With = L ... w/o = L vDen - With = W ... w/o = L <--- vGSW - With = W ... w/o = W vWAS - With = W ... w/o = W @HOU - With = W ... w/o = W @SAS - With = L ... w/o = L @DAL - With = L ... w/o = L @LAL - With = L ... w/o = L @PHO - With = W ... w/o = W @DEN - With = W ... w/o = L <--- @SAC - With = W ... w/o = W Notes: 1. OKC - I don't really think that OKC is better, but it's their home opener, our first game, and it's on the road.) 5. BOS - I think this was a loss ... second game of a back to back. 9. HOU - Houston's tough to get a read on, but I think we're better than them even without Boozer. 10. SAS - I still have a lot of respect for San Antonio. And as the second game of a back to back, I think I would have picked the Spurs to take this one. 11. DAL - This is a tough one to call as well, but Dallas at home probably would have been favored over us. 12. LAL - No explanation needed. 13. PHO - I don't have high expectations for the Suns this year. I see us beating them with or without Boozer. 14. DEN - This is the game that I see being a lose without Boozer. With him, I'd have given us at least even odds to win there. So with Boozer, I would have said we would be 10-5 through 15 games, and 4-3 on the road trip. Without him, I'd say we're around 7-8 through 15 games, and 3-4 on the road trip. That's a 3 game swing. Not great, but it wouldn't kill us. Of course, we could go 5-10 as well ... it becomes tougher to see us beating Houston and maybe the Knicks. Here's hoping for the best.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    So the games against Portland, Denver, and @Denver were the ones that I checked as being a different outcome without Boozer ... but I guess it didn't like that and bumped the next line up instead.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:


    As I recall, the Bulls have beaten OKC in OKC the last few seasons.

    They also handled San Antonio last year w/o Boozer on their team.

    And you are missing 3 games. They play 15 games before Dec. 1st.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This is a new OKC ... with a new Durant ... than the last few times we've played.
    I'm glad we did well against the Spurs in San Antonio last year ... but what does that mean? Sure, we could win, but the Spurs are just not an easy team to beat yet.
    The three missing games were noted in my extra reply. They just got moved up a line on accident.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:


    It's also a new Rose and a deeper Bulls' bench.

    Don't put it past them to beat OKC and SA. That's all I'm saying.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It could happen ...
    I'll certainly be happy to see it happen.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Boozer got a 75 Mil deal and can't afford some lights??? It was dark and he was trying to open the door...what a lame explanation. I know it is an accident but can't he have those clap and light them on lights to preserve his hands and legs.

    But the bright side... this team would have taken a month or two to jell. Hopefully, it is easier to integrate one player. Also, I am guessing it is more than 8 weeks since it is Boozer......

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    He broke his fifth metacarpal. I've had this injury. It's a boxer's fracture. It wasn't an accident. He punched something.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Already? And tripping over a bag sounds really fishy...

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    In reply to bullshooter:

    Yeah it does. I'm betting Scalabrine pushed him.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    i was so excited for the coming season. and even the pre season. when my dad told me about boozer, i thought he was messing with me. this sucks

  • In reply to MrHappy:


    Noah and the Bulls reach agreement on a 5 year extention.

  • or taking...oops.

  • Doug,

    And who believes that story?

  • I have to agree with Doug. Look at the schedule from the start until December 11th. I felt the Bulls record could be 11-10 at that point. And that was just based on them beating 2 out of every 3 team they faced that are definitely worse team than them, and splitting games 1 for 1 against worthy opponents. Without Boozer that could swing a few games away. 9-13 isn't unrealistic.

    The good news is starting with December 11th the Bulls schedule gets very manageable. That starts a 14 game stretch against the likes of NY, Philly twice, NJ twice, toronto twice, etc. Hopefully they go 10-4 in that stretch (which is very reasonable) and head into the heart of the season on a roll and healthy.

  • RPK,

    I thought I told people NOT to panic. Relax and be positive, like me.


  • Silverwulf,

    And don't forget that Denver is w/o Anderson and Martin for a few months.

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