Tyrus Thomas breaking his left arm during a weightlifting session was certainly strange, but there has been no indication it was anything more than what the Bulls have reported.
Thomas was indeed doing a pull up on Friday when the radius in his left arm snapped in a freak accident. The break was about halfway between the wrist and elbow. He had a plate inserted during Saturday’s surgery and the procedure went well.
Since Thomas is right-handed, he’s expected to begin rehabilitation in a few days and the Bulls are optimistic that he’ll be back on the court ready to play in four weeks, which would be on or around Dec. 5. He is planning to travel with the team during the West Coast trip that starts on Nov. 17.
It was a rough week for Thomas, no doubt. He was disappointed by not playing in the fourth quarter at Miami on Sunday, was called out in front of the team by veteran Lindsey Hunter on Monday, spent two days out sick, then flew to Cleveland on his own to play 12 minutes in Thursday’s game.
The funny thing is, there was a positive reaction from his teammates on Friday morning. They seemed to appreciate Thomas’ effort to play against the Cavs and tried to let him know that all was forgiven from the episode early in the week. Maybe an hour later, Thomas broke his arm. Strange, but true.
CHECKING THE BOBCATS
Hard to believe, but Charlotte is 3-2, same as the Bulls. The Bobcats caught Atlanta coming back from a West Coast trip and beat the Hawks by 20 points on Friday.
With Thomas out, this appears to be a great chance to work rookie forward James Johnson into the rotation. Johnson has played in just one of five games so far, garbage time in the blowout loss at Boston.
Before Saturday’s game, Johnson admitted it took him time to get comfortable with the plays and the defensive system, particularly at small forward. But now he feels he’s ready to play both forward spots. Coach Vinny Del Negro suggested Johnson will play the small forward when he does get in.