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.