SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah forward Carlos Boozer will miss at
least another month because of a hamstring injury that has kept him
from playing this season.
The Jazz said Thursday that Boozer, idle since February because
of injuries, felt a pop in his left hamstring in a drill Monday. An
MRI showed that the strain in his muscle appeared to be worse.
"Once the swelling and inflammation subside, we will then turn
back the clocks and begin rehab anew," team orthopedist Dr. Lyle
Mason said in a statement.
Mason said Boozer will be off the court for at least a month
while resting the hamstring.
Boozer hasn't played since Feb. 14, when he strained his right
foot in a game at Phoenix. He said entering training camp that the
foot was completely healed, but injured his hamstring in an early
practice and did not play in a preseason game.
Boozer averaged a team-high 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in 51
games before missing the rest of the season with the foot injury.
Kevin O'Connor, vice president for basketball operations, said
Boozer came back from the summer with just 6 percent body fat and
appeared ready for his second season with Utah.
"Carlos did everything we asked him to do over the offseason
and more," O'Connor said. "It is much easier to work during the
season than the offseason. We were excited about Carlos and still
The Jazz also are without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who hasn't
played since spraining his right ankle Saturday in a loss at