Sunday, December 18, 2005

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

Utah sightings of Carlos Boozer have been occasional since he decided to rehab his hamstring in Los Angeles. Had he been playing for Portland coach Nate McMillan, he would not have been mending his injured hamstring in Los Angeles. When a player like Boozer suffers an injury that requires long-term treatment, it becomes all the more very important to stay with the team and remain a part of the team. If you're out for any period of time, a lot of transformations take place, and that is the time when a player feels that he should have been a part of the team in his convalescing times also. When a guy's gone, it's most of the times taken as he's on vacation. Boozer, Utah's $68 million power forward, has not played this season because of a strained hamstring. His plight has become even worst since Jazz fans are unable to digest that he has been rehabbing in Los Angeles - away from team doctors, trainers and physical therapists. He has made only occasional check-in trips to Utah. As the Jazz are in the midst of a road swing that includes five games over eight days, there is still no timetable for Boozer's return. Two years ago, Seattle All-Star Ray Allen missed 26 games because of an ankle injury. After undergoing surgery in Los Angeles, he returned to Seattle for his rehabilitation. It was neither Boozer like nor a heroic deed. Some guys who have played for different teams have relationships around the country. So going [out of town] is best for them. The conclusion is any time you lose a key guy in your rotation, it affects your team and on the flip side, an injury to one player provides opportunity for another.

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