For two days Carlos Boozer has taken part in full practices with the Chicago Bulls, his first two this season. When asked Tuesday if his high-priced star forward would be ready to go on Wednesday night against Orlando, coach Tom Thibodeau gave the Chicago Tribune as close to a yes as you are going to get from a coach in his situation.
“I can’t foresee any problems at this point,” Thibodeau said.
Boozer himself was a little more cautious.
“I may or may not play tomorrow,” Boozer said. “If not, this weekend for sure.”
Smart money says he’ll pay, although nothing will be official until he is announced. Boozer will wear padding over his formerly broken fifth metacarpal, which he described as still “sore.”
Boozer’s arrival all makes the Bulls more dangerous — they are 9-6 and atop the Central division without their star forward and best inside scorer. They have been playing solid defense (ninth best in the league defensive efficiency entering Tuesday night) to help carry them, something Thibodeau has brought with him. Boozer will not help much on the defensive end, but his will bring a spark to an offense that has been too heavily reliant on Derrick Rose to do everything.
Put simply, a good Bulls team is about to get a lot better.