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How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:08 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:10 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Most times, when you suffer a dumb injury, it's sort of protocol to make up a way cooler story as to how it happened. "How'd you break your arm? Oh, you were arm wrestling and it just snapped ?" You don't say, "Yeah, I was hanging a picture and while on my tippy-toes, I lost my balance and landed sideways on the coffee table."

But Carlos Boozer went with the honest approach in explaining how he busted his hand:
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."
Because of the injury, Boozer will have surgery and will miss as many as 15 games. Matt Moore already told you what an effect that could have on his new team. But what about Boozer's pride? That's got to be hurting too. Though he has some company to make him feel better. He's not the first athlete to suffer a dumb injury and certainly won't be the last. A few other notable ones:
  • Sammy Sosa: Sprained a ligament in his back sneezing
  • Plaxico Burress: Shot himself
  • Ken Griffey Jr.: He's missed his fair share because of other things, but Junior once missed a game because his hand slipped putting on his protective cup and pinched one of his... you know
  • Joel Zumaya: Missed time because of an inflamed forearm and wrist because he was playing guitar hero
  • Gus Frerotte: Headbutted a wall after a touchdown and got a concussion
  • Slobodan Jankovic: After fouling out of a game in the Greek championship playoffs, Jankovic was so mad that he rammed his head against the concrete post supporting the basket. He fractured his neck, damaged his spinal cord and had to have spinal surgery.  The injury left him paralyzed from the waist down.
  • Kevin Johnson: After KJ hit a game-winner, he hugged teammate Charles Barkley but the hug resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Johnson
  • Bill Gramatica: The kicker tore his ACL enthusiatically celebrating a kick he made in the first quarter
It's always interesting when an athlete gets hurt in such a normal human way. We hear stories of slipping in the shower, falling off a ladder or tripping over a gym bag. They almost seem just as made up as the fictional one I mentioned above. Because these guys aren't supposed to be normal like us. They're not supposed to be able to step awkwardly off a curb or slam their hand in a car door. We forget that athletes have to live and do normal things just like us when they're not at work. Now some of those above are far more dumb or accidental than what happened to Boozer, but you get the point.

It's just bad luck for a guy that put 265 pounds of pressure on his hand and it gave way. There aren't any lessons to learn here other than for Carlos Boozer, maybe he should start picking up after himself a little better.
Category: NBA

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:05 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Boozer was just doing something that we all do in the course of our daily lives.  It was perhaps a little dangerous but not recklessly stupid like say shooting yourself.  It's unfortunate but understandable.  Should we keep these guys in foam boxes when they aren't putting on a show for us?

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 9:58 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Jim F13, I could not agree more. It is indeed an unfortunate way for Carlos Boozer to begin his tenure in Chicago, but I think that people are a little too ready to crucify the guy for something that frankly any of us could have done. Avoidable? Possibly - he probably ought to have done a better job cleaning up after himself. Embarrassing? Sure. But is this anything other than a freak accident? Nope. It should carry no significance whatsoever and contains no augurs for Boozer's future with the Bulls. 

I understand fans being highly invested in their teams - I am certainly the same way when it comes to the athletic teams for whom I root. But let's be fair and give Boozer a chance to succeed before we tear him to shreds. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh start, and Boozer is certainly a good asset for Chicago - he gives them the low-post scoring that they have so desperately needed for quite some time. I hope he succeeds and I am sure that if he performs at a high level for Chicago, all this will be forgotten in short order. As indeed it should.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:02 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Funny!! Ex Michigan football coack Lloyd "Man Boobs" Carr has him beat though!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:11 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

I think he meant he drinks 1% milk

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:09 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

I'm sure if he was erect we would see the evidence of his hard work.     Undecided   LOL  That's aight i'll pass LOL

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:01 pm

5% Body Fat?

I really don't see any reason for him to mention that other than tooting his own horn, which is pretty pathetic after you just got done breaking your hand by tripping over a bag that you placed right in your own path.  Hey all you Doctors that post here, wouldn't a lower body fatpercentage indicate fitness that should make it LESS likely that you injure yourself in a fall on your hand?  Fat would cushion your ass in a fall, but i don't think it would help a hand unless you got weird fat hands or something.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:44 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Most these people are haters anyway. Who cares if he has 5% body fat, because his iwallet s 100% fatter.

Howver, LMAO at he looks like he's wearing a C cup. Say what you want, but to you Nugget fans he straight killed you guys last playoffs. It was crazy it was like he was eating nuggest for real.  Then came the Lakers game over.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:41 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

who cares what % of body fat he is.  I sure dont.   He probably is close to 5 .  Maybe 6 or 7.   WHO CARES!!!!!!!!
He wasnt lying intentially.  He was just trying to explain how he broke his hand and without going into complete detail he just sputtered out a quick estimate of his body fat %.   JEEZ people or should I say sheeple.   Get  a grip.  Hope he's okay. 

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:57 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

love the lakers fan ragging on the bulls...its ok enjoy...enjoy it while you can, kobe only has a few years left...his body is already breaking down, which kinda sucks seeing as i like to watch him play.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:36 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

I think the funniest one is Ken Griffey Jr. pinching his nuts

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