Here's a transcript from Carlos Boozer, who spoke at the Berto Center on Sunday night to explain the broken bone in his hand, which will keep him out 8 weeks.
“I was at my house, came around a corner, fell over a bag, put my arm down to try to brace myself. Unfortunately, my fifth metacarpal, on the pinky, broke into three pieces. I’ll get surgery on Tuesday, do my rehab and conditioning, be around the guys.
“The good thing about this is it only happened in the preseason. Of course, I’ve got to be out a little while, but I’ll be able to stay in shape, be around the guys and continue to lead in that way. At least it happened right now and not later in the season.
“Obviously. I feel bad about it, but we’ve got guys who will be able to step up and play. I’m going to be there supporting. I’ll be the biggest cheerleader and sideline coach and be busting my butt to try and get healthy, attacking my rehab to try and get right.
Did he know right away how bad it was:
“I didn’t know. To me, it was just a little bit sore, it wasn’t a sharp pain. I called the doc, the doc asked me if there as some swelling. I said, ‘Yeah, there’s a little bit of swelling, there’s like a little knot.’ So I went and got some X-rays and there was a fracture. I didn’t know right away. It was obvious through the X-ray. When it heals up, they’ll slide the pins out and I’ll go from there.
More on how it happened:
“It happened last night, probably 5:30-6 o’clock at night, got it looked at right away. I find out for sure today when I saw the hand specialist. I’m going to get it done as soon as possible, so Tuesday morning I’m going in early to get the surgery taken care of so I can start my rehab process.
“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.