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When the Chicago Bulls start the NBA regular season on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, former Juneau basketball star Carlos Boozer won't be on the court.

About two weeks ago, Boozer broke a bone in his hand - he said he fell over his gym bag - and the injury will keep him out of the Bulls lineup for about a month. Still, the Bulls are optimistic about their season.

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose told the associated press he thinks the Bulls will be contenders and should challenge the super-trio of Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh in Miami.

The addition of Boozer, a two-time all-star who joined the team through an off-season trade with Utah, gives the Bulls a much needed presence in the paint and a solid scorer to team with the established, young tandem of Rose and Joakim Noah. Throw in new coach Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls have what they hope will be a fresh, new recipe for success.

Boozer told the associated press he isn't one to make predictions about how a season will unfold, but he thinks, once the Bulls get healthy and strong, they will prove to be a tough team to beat.

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