Carlos Boozer interested in playing overseas if NBA is delayed

Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is yet another NBA player who would be interested in playing overseas if the 2011-12 season is delayed or postponed, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN The Magazine.

Said Boozer: "I think as players we have to look at this lockout as an unfortunate challenge, but one that can create other unique and positive opportunities. When I was part of Team USA that won Olympic Gold in Beijing, that experience changed my life in incredible ways.

"If the NBA season gets delayed or postponed, I plan on using those months to experience something similar to what I did in the summer of 2008. That's why, if the lockout continues, I definitely plan on playing overseas."

Though it could be a good way for Boozer to spend time in what promises to be an extended lockout, for a player who is known for having injury concerns, playing overseas might be a risky proposition. Last season, the 6-foot-9 forward missed the first month-plus of the campaign (fractured right pinkie) and dealt with turf toe on his right foot late in the postseason. He tried not to make it an excuse, but turf toe, combined with the nagging injuries he had throughout the season, seemed to affect his lift.

Whenever the season begins, the Bulls will need Boozer to be in tip-top shape, because this will be a big season for him to regain the trust of Bulls fans.

Boozer isn't the only Bull to show interest in heading overseas if next season is jeopardized. Recently, Bulls guards C.J. Watson and John Lucas III have said playing overseas isn't out of question if the NBA season is delayed -- a scenario virtually everyone sees coming.

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