Jazz Notes: Injury hamstrings Boozer

Published November 16, 2005 1:04 am
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jazz trainer Gary Briggs resorted to complicated medical jargon to describe Carlos Boozer's condition: "It's one step forward," Briggs said, "and two steps back."

Just hours after Boozer spoke with conviction and excitement Monday about progress in his recovery from a lingering hamstring strain, the Jazz forward reinjured his left leg again. So forget about Boozer practicing with the team this week, and stop daydreaming about a dramatic return to the lineup this weekend. It's as if the last couple of weeks never happened.

"It's very similar to the tweak" Boozer suffered on Oct. 31, Briggs said.

Boozer skipped the Jazz's trip to Sacramento in order to have an MRI done on his left hamstring. The test showed what the Jazz already knew, Briggs said: The hamstring still hasn't healed.

"We had some other people look at the test," Briggs said. "I'd say we're back to square one."

Boozer worked out for Jazz coaches on Sunday, going through the most rigorous practice he had endured since he originally injured his leg Oct. 6. Boozer experienced a setback Oct. 31, when he tried to do too much too soon, he said, but he expressed optimism Monday afternoon that he was getting closer to being ready to return.

Then he went through a drill during Monday night's pregame practice, and felt the hamstring tighten up again.

Now? Thursday's full-contact practice is definitely off, Briggs said. "I couldn't tell you" when Boozer might try to work out again, he said. "We'll just have to let it heal and try again."

He's the boss

Jerry Sloan said he had not talked to Larry Miller about the owner's sideline visit to his huddle during Monday's loss to the Knicks, and he has no plans to do so, either.

"He knows I don't have any problem with him expressing an opinion. Why would I?" Sloan said. "He has every right to do that."

The coach hinted that he agreed with Miller's chief complaint - that the well-paid team wasn't putting forth much of an effort. "He's around all the time, and he can tell when a player is playing hard," Sloan said. "That's just common sense."

Mostly, the coach said, he likes that the owner is aware of everything going on with his team.

"He sits in our locker room before the game, at halftime, and after the game," Sloan said. "It's not secondhand [information]. He doesn't get it in the newspaper. If I have a problem with a player, he sees it. If he has a problem, he can tell me. It makes it easy to deal with."

Giricek's return

Gordan Giricek will not have his tonsils removed, and Briggs said the guard, who missed two games with an inflamed throat, will probably return to the team for Thursday's scheduled practice.




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