When Carlos Boozer said he suffered a broken hand tripping over a gym back in his own home, it should have at least prompted some eyebrows to be raised. At best, Boozer's accident was an unfortunate coincidence. At worst? Maybe he's lying.
That's the concern the Chicago Bulls reportedly have as well. According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, who admittedly isn't always the most reliable source, the Bulls are investigating whether Boozer is telling the truth about his injury.
After investing $80 million guaranteed in Boozer last summer, the Bulls want to make sure that he's telling the truth, remembering that he once famously reneged on an agreement to remain with the Cavs in 2004. From what we hear, that may have factored into the Bulls' decision to check out his story.
If Boozer indeed lied about his injury, that's obviously a pretty unforgivable sin. His account does seem kind of weird, so I guess that's a possibility.
But is there anything the Chicago Bulls really gain from doing this? Boozer is out eight weeks regardless of what the "investigation" uncovers, and it seems rather petty and unrealistic for them to expect to recover some of the money they've paid Boozer already. The only possible end to an investigation is a rift in the relationship between Boozer and the organization develops, and that's not good considering Boozer has an $80+ million contract.
In this case, it doesn't really pay for the Bulls to be right.