Monday , Oct , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

How will Carlos Boozer’s injury impact Chicago Bulls?

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.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Their big-ticket, low-post threat will miss the first month of the regular season.

After failing to sign some combination of Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and/or Dwyane Wade this summer, the Chicago Bulls settled on All-Star Carlos Boozer. Five years, $80 million.

They hoped Boozer would be their scorer on the block, providing greater space for Derrick Rose on the perimeter.

The plan can still work. Just not right away. Boozer is out eight weeks with a broken hand; promising Taj Gibson will replace him in the starting line-up.

Boozer’s return will be complicated, though. He’ll miss training camp and the first dozen games of the year, while teammates and rookie coach Tom Thibodeau use this time to gel and form chemistry.

However, Boozer and the Bulls must make it work. Expectations are high. And the Eastern Conference is better than ever.

-Oly Sandor.

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