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Are the Bulls investigating Carlos Boozer’s injury?

Oct 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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When Carlos Boozer was lost for two months after breaking his hand at home, the usual questions arose. How did it happen? When did it happen? Why was there a bag on your floor? What kind of bag? Did it have a floral print? You know, the essentials.

Well, after Monta Ellis’ little rodeo with a moped a few years ago and all the other ways NBA players have managed to hurt themselves with reckless behavior off-court, the Bulls are being a little snoopy, apparently. The New York Daily News reports that the Bulls are looking into whether the injury really occurred as Boozer said it did.

The report claims Boozer’s shady way of weaseling out behind the backs of the Cavaliers in 2004 has raised flags. If so, that’s pretty ridiculous. It was one bad negotiating session six years ago that had nothing to do with the Bulls. Furthermore, Boozer’s been pretty rock steady not only with how much he wants to play for this team, but about the injury, doing a press conference and answering questions about it.

It makes you wonder what exactly players need to do in this day and age. You can’t blame the Bulls for wanting to protect their investment and make sure things went down as Boozer says they did, but at some point, it’s just a home accident. These things happen. Boozer’s only alternative would be to come up with a series of illustrations that depict the exact path of his fall, complete with a video re-enactment by an actor, possibly James Johnson, since he’s not doing anything else of use for the Bulls.

This is probably not the way anyone wanted the Boozer era in Chicago to kick off.

  1. jmclarkent - Oct 10, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    This reminds me of when Brandon Marshall “slipped on a McDonald’s bag”.

    …That

  2. thestudiokida - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Agreed. Brandon Marshall’s excuse was suspicious but more believable than this load of crap. Boozer probably broke a metacarpal which is always the result of punching something. Boxer’s break.

    Despite the suspicious story by Boozer the Bulls might have been wise not to investigate. What will the investigation achieve? You just signed him for several years, a few months isn’t worth alienating your new marquee player.

  3. tubal22 - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Doesn’t matter if you alienate Carlos Boozer. He’ll alienate the fans no matter what.

    He’ll milk this injury for an extra 2-3 months, and show up with about 2 months left in the season, bang around down low, play really soft D, and you’ll get bounced in the first round because of chemistry issues.

    *4.

    Then in Boozer’s last year, he’ll play almost the entire year, and he’ll play really good. By then, you’ll have lost Noah and Deng and you won’t have enough to get past the first round.

    Welcome to Boozerland Chicago. Enjoy your stay.

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