"It's great to be back on the court,"
Boozer said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "My
hand definitely has come a long way so it's really good. It's a little
sore today, but I expected it to be that way. I'm going to get treatment
right now and then go through another practice."
Boozer, who signed a five-year deal this summer that
could be worth as much as $80 million, has not played this season after
tripping over a bag in his home and breaking his right pinkie.
Bulls, who return home after a two-week road trip out west in which
they finished 4-3, will play the Orlando Magic
on Wednesday at the United Center. Boozer, who will wear a padded glove
for the first week or two back on the court, said the decision to
return is his, but wouldn't commit to playing on Wednesday.
may or may not be [Wednesday]," Boozer said. "I'm expecting hopefully
this week, maybe this weekend but we'll see. I don't want to say I'm
playing [Wednesday] and then not be able to play."
It's a bit disappointing to hear that Boozer's pinkie was feeling sore after his first practice in over a month, but then again, he hasn't been playing in a real, live scrimmage with the team, so it was like doing something for the first time all over again.
I stated in previous blog posts that it wouldn't be smart to rush Boozer back, instead the Bulls should take a very slow approach with the two-time All-Star, especially with the way the team, and his replacement (Taj Gibson), are playing.
If Boozer's ready to go by tomorrow, it would great. He's probably going to be at a minutes restriction, but it's interesting to see how he'll fit in with the regime.
Adding Boozer to an already improved Bulls basketball team will be scary to watch; now let's just hope Boozer comes back 100% healthy, and stays healthy.