Bulls forward Carlos Boozer will reportedly miss six to eight weeks of action after suffering a “boxers fracture” on his right hand for the second straight year. Upon being informed of the end of the NBA lockout, Boozer supposedly leaped high into the air and then threw a thunderous punch straight into his living room wall.

The season is already whittled down to 66 games and the 9th year man out of Duke may be reduced to playing two-thirds of the season at best. Taj Gibson, who was witness to the punch, will likely take on more minutes at the four spot in Boozer’s absence.

“It shouldn’t have to happen like this,” said Gibson. “The way Booz’ jumped up in the air, I would say he was in mid-season form. A double-double machine.”

GM Gar Forman stated his desire to give rookies a shot on the roster rather than sign or trade for another highly paid player.

“We’re already mired with mediocrity that refuses to play defense,” argued Forman. “Our goal is to shed some of that off the roster, not add more.”

John Jenzeh