- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Carlos Boozer called a New York Daily News report that the Bulls were questioning his version of how he injured his finger and were investigating "completely false."
Boozer said he hurt his right pinkie tripping over a bag while answering the door at his home Oct. 2. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper claimed the Bulls wanted to know if that was true.
"The guy was trying to create a story out of no-story," Boozer said of the report after Bulls shootaround Tuesday morning. "Horrible [report]. Obviously, you want to get your facts right before you decide to write something that's not true. Horrible report. My Bulls are behind me, my teammates are behind me. For me, it's disgusting when you have a reporter write something that's not true."
Boozer, who over the summer signed a five-year deal worth as much as $80 million, expects to have his cast off in three weeks. He hopes to return faster than the eight weeks that was anticipated by team doctors.
"I hope I'll be back quicker than the normal time," he said. "But [I'll] let the bone heal and see how it feels when I get my cast off in three weeks."
Boozer admitted that he was upset by the report but said he was just trying to focus on getting back on the floor.
"I can't worry about that, man," he said. "I can't worry about what people write. I know what's real and what's going on and for me, I'm just here for my team, supporting my team. I've got the support of my team, my organization, and I'm just looking to forward to getting back out there when my hand's ready."
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau referred to the situation as a "non-issue" after practice Monday.
"From what I understand, there's nothing to it," he said. "I spoke to [general manager Gar Forman] [Sunday] and the team's not looking into anything. He tripped over a bag and he got hurt."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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