Carlos Boozer could be in the starting lineup in the Bulls' first game at home after the Circus Trip against the Magic.
Earlier Friday, it was reported the Bulls are targeting the Dec. 10-11 back-to-back set against the Lakers and Timberwolves for Carlos Boozer to make his Bulls debut. That debut could come as soon as Wednesday's return to the United Center against the Orlando Magic, K.C. Johnson reported at the Chicago Tribune:
Boozer shot jumpers and lifted weights before Friday's game, 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
his wrist, a device he said he might ditch soon. Boozer said he has a
target date for his return but didn't reveal it.
There is some quiet optimism within the Bulls that Boozer will make his debut Wednesday against the Magic, The Bulls practice Monday and Tuesday next week.
Earlier reports about the padded glove-like contraption were that he'd play with it, but if he says "he might ditch it soon," I speculate that he isn't comfortable with it.
Add in Coach Tom Thibodeau's joke in K.C.'s report that Boozer wasn't just taking shots, but actually making them, and that speculation becomes an implication, if you ask me.
UPDATE: Here's video from CSNChicago.com of Boozer talking about not liking the glove, how the hand feels, and not revealing a target date to debut: