Slimmer Carlos Boozer ready to run

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Everyone at the Berto Center is noticing Carlos Boozer's weight loss.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said during Sunday's media day that he thought Boozer had dropped at least "20 pounds." And coach Tom Thibodeau is just happy his power forward came into training camp looking ready to work this year.

"He's in much better shape right now," Thibodeau said. "And he took his injury early on last year, the first week of camp. And he had a very good offseason. He's jumping again. It's still early, we've got a long way to go, but so far, so good."

For his part, Boozer admits that he is feeling a little more mobile this year.

"I just feel good," he said. "I feel lighter, healthier. [My] body feels good and I'm ready to go."

Boozer says he is 100 percent healthy and feels he will be able to run the floor more if that is what Thibodeau decides he should do.

"Our first priority is to run up the court and get layups," Boozer said. "We got the fastest guy in the league with the ball. We got some pretty fast wings. Joakim [Noah] runs as good as any big man. Taj [Gibson] runs as good as any big man. We got a pretty fast team."

Boozer knows he also has a team full of guys that, like him, appear to be in very good shape for the shortened 66-game season.

"Our whole team was motivated this summer to get back and get ready," he said. "I think all the guys came in in great shape and made it easier for coach Thibs and the coaching staff to get right to what we do offensively and defensively. It makes it easier when everybody's in good shape."