Boozer to return to practice Monday; could play Dec 1st

Per K.C. Johnson:

Carlos Boozer said it's "100 percent" he will
participate in Monday's practice at the Berto Center, his first contact
since fracturing the fifth metacarpal on his right hand on Oct. 2.

Boozer shot jumpers and lifted weights before Friday's game against the
Nuggets, his second straight day of more intense workouts.

"It's a little sore, still not strong enough," Boozer said. "But as long as it keeps getting stronger, I'll be out there soon."

Boozer shot with a protective
pad covering his right pinky and down to the wrist, a device he said he
might ditch after a few days. Boozer said he has a target date for his
return but didn't reveal it.

"I'll probably end up playing through a lot of pain just because I'm anxious to get back out there," Boozer said.

There is some optimism that Boozer will make his Bulls debut vs. Orlando.

This makes much more sense than the Sun Times report that Boozer will fully practice but not debut until the 10th or 11th. 

I don't know if he debut's against Orlando, but if he's practicing fully, then I think you throw him out there for 10 minutes as long as there isn't a set back.  He doesn't need to play the whole game or normal starter minutes by any stretch.

It's going to take some time to work him into the offense and get him used to the sets, movements, and play of other players.  Adding a major minute player who takes a high volume of shots always causes a change in the dynamic, so the earlier the team gets a taste of playing with Boozer the better.

Granted, the most important thing is not to give him a setback which causes him to miss a larger chunk of time, but if he's ready for full contact practice then he's probably ready for 10 minutes of game action.

When Boozer is fully integrated and healthy, this Bulls team looks capable of winning 50+ games this season as they've played at a high level so far despite injuries and a tough schedule.

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  • I agree, if he's healthy let him play even if he's not really up to speed with things, even not knowing the offense perfectly Boozer is going to be better than anyone else who would take those minutes.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing him, especially interested to see the dynamic with Noah on the defensive end and how much that can help cover for his deficiencies.

  • Is Boozer the missing piece to put the Bulls over the top???... we shall soon see. I'm sure he will be a big help though.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    To answer your question, No.

    Like me and clean..., you aren't CLUELESS. All three of us know who the Bulls need to get over the top.

    HINT: He hit the game-winning shot last night vs. the Bulls.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Mitchell,

    Be a hater or CLUELESS all you want. I know the game of basketball.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You can say it as many times as you like....doesn't make it true.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Just because you watch and follow the game 18 hrs/day doesn't make you an expert. Probably almost every head coach in the NBA works harder than Phil Jackson. That doesn't make them smarter or a better coach than Phil. You have only one type of thinking(focussed thinking about some aspects of basketball) but unable to relate that thinking to other aspects of basketball or real world.

    One thing I can tell is you are an interesting case in the blog world. You can easily be banned if you were a fan of some other team but it looks like you are a Bulls fan. You are unable to differentiate opinion giving from demanding something from a private business as if it is some voter's privilege.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    That is the thing, I don't think he watches the games at all...lol

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    MR HAPPPY is a LOSER.
    Please stop commenting on basketball related issues. Stick with volleyball or something u embarass all of us as bulls fans.

  • I'll believe (Dec. 1st) when I see it. Boozer, like Rose, lacks TOUGHNESS too.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Boozer lacks toughness? I don't think you know what toughness is...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mr. Happy is FAT

    ....and ROUND

    .....and HAPPY.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZd_OxdgmOg

    ...mmm.

  • hahaha! Wow. Nice.

  • That is FUNNY!

  • Mitchell,

    Thanks for breaking out my family portrait again.

    It's all good and HAPPY.

  • Outside of the doctors making a mistake, my fear is that pain makes you compensate.

  • Sorry man, I'm sure he'll be fine, and Thibs will proceed with the proper caution.

  • BUSINESS must be GOOD.....mmm.

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