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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: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:34 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Well at least he didn't shoot himself.

Just a fluke- in no way does this define his tenure with his new team. Let's wait and judge him after 2 years. If he trips over something else and loses another 2 months ok then it is time to hang him :0)

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:32 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

I agree.  Carlos is not 5% body fat.  He's clearly soft, not sculpted.  He's no T.O.  Now that guy's shredded.  Boozer's got moobs and love handles just like the rest of us.  It's unfortunate that he's starting off in Chicago just like he did in Utah.  He's just smilin' 'cause he got $75 mil from the Bullies.  At least we didn't bring in a guy like KMart.  Thank god!!

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:59 pm

Why Carlo took his talents to The Windy City

As an athelete who is currantly at 1% body fat I think y'all are being unfair to Carlos and his apparent man boobs. The sitting position is never a flattering pose and I'm sure if he was erect we would see the evidence of his hard work.

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:47 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Carlos is looking somehow very feminine in that photo.  IT could be the C's, as earlier pointed out, or maybe the way he has cocked his head to the side slightly as he smiles, or maybe it is the pink plastic wristwatch.  Actually I think it is a combo of all of the aforementioned.  
Could be the CoryMagette beard too.  I think that the super-sculpted beard look has lessened his machismo.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:22 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

All I saw on these boards all summer were polite Utah fans informing bulls fans of the unfortunate contract their team signed.  They also joyfully expressed their tumultous tenure with Carlos, which they could now that he is gone.

This guy's already a bum and he hasn't played a game for Chi.

And then he does this, and now he's getting credit for being honest.  He's clearly liing through his teeth guys ur right, 5% my ass.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2010 4:03 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

Bout to say the same thing!!!  5% my butt...he's not CLOSE to 5%, if he was 5% he would be absolutely shredded

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:28 pm

How Carlos Boozer broke his hand

5% body fat? It looks like he has a C cup in that picture.

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