Earlier in the summer, the Chicago Bulls were rumored to be the team with the best chance of putting together a Miami-style superclub. Instead, they had to settle for Carlos Boozer and a number of smaller signings.
But now, they won't even have their marquee signing for two months. The Bulls announced that Boozer broke his hand and will miss eight weeks.
Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer sustained a fracture of his right hand (5th metacarpal) on October 2, 2010. He was evaluated by team physician Dr. Brian Cole and hand specialist Dr. Marc Cohen of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. The fracture will require surgery and Carlos will likely be out 8 weeks.
That was the extent of their announcement. So how did the injury happen? Boozer slipped and fell inside his house.
"I was at my house, came around a corner, fell over a bag, put my arm down to try to brace myself. Unfortunately, my fifth metacarpal, on the pinky, broke into three pieces. I'll get surgery on Tuesday, do my rehab and conditioning, be around the guys.
"It was just dark. My doorbell had rang and I tripped over a bag, tried to brace myself and it popped. I jumped back up, opened the door and my hand was still a little bit numb.
"It was a gym bag. It was a big bag I had first thing over here at the hotel for training camp. I went back to my place, hadn't unpacked the bag yet, came around the corner, running to get the door and fell over it. I'm 265, 5 percent body fat. I'm heavy, man. I guess I had to brace myself and my weight just collapsed the bone right there.
SB Nation's Bulls blog Blog a Bull's immediate reaction?
I'm lucky I didn't break my own hand out of frustration after reading that.