Boozer ruled out for Bulls-Mavericks tilt

Boozer ruled out for Bulls-Mavericks tilt

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
6:03 PM
By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.comCarlos Boozer will miss the Bulls Thursday-night matchup against the visiting Dallas Mavericksthe third consecutive game hes been sidelined for with a sprained ankleaccording to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

We want him to play when hes healthy, so once Fred clears him, hell be back, said Thibodeau before the game. Hes real close, so probably the next game.

Thibodeau went on to explain that he didnt feel comfortable putting the power forward back in the lineup without having seen him participate in a full practice.

Bulls trainer Fred Tedeschi said hes a lot better. We just want to be smart about it, noted the first-year head coach. Id prefer that he gets through a practice. Once he gets through a practice, you have a pretty good idea that hes okay. He wasnt quite ready this morning, so I didnt feel good about just throwing him out there tonight without going through a practice.

Thibodeau added that Boozers replacement, second-year forward Taj Gibsonwho has recorded back-to-back six-block games, a career-highhas filled in admirably, as has injured center Joakim Noahs replacement, veteran Kurt Thomas.

Observed Thibodeau: We feel very good about our bench and I think Taj has done a great job of filling in, Kurt has done a great job of filling in.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Thursday: 

Is #TheReturn getting a reboot? Report says there's a possibility Derrick Rose comes back to Bulls

This is becoming Willson Contreras' team, whether or not Cubs add Alex Avila or another veteran catcher

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for tight ends

Why Blackhawks fans might want to tap the brakes on Alex DeBrincat

That escalated quickly: Cubs just a game back of Brewers, could be in first place as soon as this weekend

Ping-pong balls everywhere: Where do the Bulls rank among projected lottery teams?

Joe Maddon's prime-time message: 'Help or die'

Report: Derrick Rose is considering teaming up with LeBron James, Cavs

Cubs Talk Podcast: State of Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and what lies ahead

Why Adam Engel came up with his unique batting stance, and how he's tweaked it since

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Chicago's chosen son may soon play with the enemy. 

According to reports on Thursday, Derrick Rose is in talks to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal. 

That is indeed hard to imagine, considering the former MVP has spent years battling James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. But leaving the Windy City to join a rival team isn't a new concept. 

In fact, a few Chicago superstar athletes have done it before: 

-- Chris Chelios, Blackhawks to Red Wings

One of the best defenseman in hockey, Chelios was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after nine productive seasons in Chicago. He hoisted a Stanley Cup not long after and finished his 10-year Red Wings career with 152 points and a plus-158. 

-- Julius Peppers, Bears to Packers

After becoming a cap casualty with the Bears, Peppers chose greener pastures in Wisconsin. The defensive end signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he's tallied 25 sacks in three seasons. 

-- Dexter Fowler, Cubs to Cardinals

Well, at least he won a ring here. Fowler's surprise return to the North Side in 2016 helped boost the Cubs to their first World Series trophy in 108 years, but after winning, the center fielder rightly opted for the money. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in St. Louis last offseason. 

Watch the video above as Siera Santos and Kelly Crull relive the heartbreak.