Chicago Bulls lose Carlos Boozer for Two Months
That at is exactly what I said when I finished coaching on Sunday and looked at my phone where I had an email titled "Carlos Boozer out 2 Months".
Carlos Boozer reportedly tripped over a bag at his house and fell and broke his right hand.
If the trade talks for Carmelo weren't already dead well they died with his.
Boozer broke the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand and will not make his debut in a Bulls' uniform until the first week of December if there are no set backs. Taj Gibson will likely benefit from this seeing most of the time at power forward. Another player who may benefit is Chris Richards who received an invite to camp and could play power forward or center.
Injuries were the one red flag that was on signing Boozer. He has missed 145 games over his eight year career which is an average of around 18 games per season. Depending on his return date that could be the exact number of games he misses to start the season.
This injury may lead to the Bulls relying too heavily on all-star Derrick Rose who had a busy summer helping Team USA win Gold in the World Championships.
Another lineup change this may cause is possibly allowing the Bulls to go small early on in the season and maybe putting more shooters and slashers on the floor with Rose. Maybe a lineup of Rose, Brewer, Korver, Deng and Noah with maybe CJ Watson replacing Brewer or Korver.
The Bulls kick off the pre-season Tuesday in Milwaukee against Scott Skiles and the Bucks, the team they will be fighting off for the divison crown all season.
The loss of Boozer may put this team in the hole early on but as we have seen in seasons past it isn't how you start, it's how you finish.