When you play basketball, getting hurt is infuriating. Obviously, you’re mad that you got hurt, but there are other things that seriously irk about getting busted up. If you get hurt at the beginning of a run, you’re really mad that you didn’t get a chance to play that day. If you get hurt at the end, you’re upset that you were just about to head home before landing on a foot. And if you happen to get injured at home without even playing basketball, you’re even more upset.
Carlos Boozer’s broken hand knows exactly what I’m talking about, since it’s sentient.
“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 happened last night, probably 5:30-6 o’clock at night [...] 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.
Just your typical running-to-the-door-tripping-over-a-giant-gym-bag basketball injury. Not at all a disappointment for Bulls fans who have been wanting a low post scorer since Michael Jordan retired, and surely not something that will affect a team with a new coach and several new players that is now missing one of its biggest offensive pieces. This totally normal bag-tripping, pinky-breaking injury will be no problem. Pinkies are tiny, so how much damage can they really do?
On the other (non-broken) hand, this is actually very bad news for the Bulls. Obviously. It’s impossible to say because no one’s actually seen them play together yet, but since Carlos Boozer was signed to a $75 million contract this summer it’s safe to say that the Bulls were planning on him being very involved in their offense. Not only do they miss out on Boozer’s production, they’re also going to have to go through a period of adjustment when he returns. And that comes on top of adjusting to the first-time NBA head coach and all the other new guys that joined the team this offseason. Adjusting adjustments sounds confusing when it’s typed, let alone when it’s a basketball team trying to win its conference.
While Chicago may be wringing their (non-broken) hands, the real question is how fast was Carlos Boozer running to the door that he’d trip so hard over a gym bag? Yeah, he’s huge, but he’s still also very good at not falling over since he’s a professional athlete. Unless this gym bag was hippopotamus-sized, Boozer had to be in quite the hurry to take such a tumble. I’m guessing the pizza man came early, but I suppose it could have been Chinese food.