In the first part of the season, the Bulls were overwhelmed with injuries. It now appears the team has been dealt a massive injury blow.
Rookie center Wendell Carter Jr.'s left thumb injury is severe enough that surgery is recommended for Carter. If he has surgery, the Bulls said in a press release he is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.
Carter suffered the injury Tuesday at the Lakers. An MRI on Wednesday showed a sprain and further tests from team specialists resulted in the recommendation.
If Carter is out for 12 weeks, he could miss the rest of the season. The 19-year-old has been a bright spot for the Bulls this season, averaging 10.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.
Carter losing development time in a season where the Bulls are primarily focusing on trying to develop their young core is a blow to a rebuilding effort. The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson said Carter could still opt out of surgery and try to play through the injury.
Johnson followed up with a source saying surgery is "almost certainly" the plan.
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On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kelly Crull react to the Bulls loss to the Jazz and the mounting injuries.
0:45 Kelly on making the transition to covering the Cubs
1:20 On Bulls limping to the finish line
2:35 On Paxson addressing the media before the Jazz game
4:15 Kendall on Chandler Hutchison
6:20 On Wendell Carter Jr and his leadership and expectations for next season
8:40 Kendall on next season, and his conversation with Robin Lopez
12:40 Kendall makes an analogy on Bulls needing a veteran to elephants
13:45 On Otto Porter Jr and his status for the last few weeks
14:50 On NCAA Tournament and NBA draft prospects; Ja Morant
20:20 Kendall on being recruited by Depaul when he was in high school
22:30 On what LaVine and Markkanen need to improve on during offseason
23:45 Other players biggest improvements
24:55 More on Kendall’s interview with Robin Lopez
25:40 On Sweet Sixteen
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On this edition of Bulls Outsiders, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 114-83 loss to the Jazz.
0:30 Reaction to the blowout loss
2:20 Matt’s headwear becomes a topic
5:30 On Markkanen’s night and aggressive play
6:50 Should Bulls sit LaVine and Porter Jr. out the rest of the season?
10:05 Viewer comments on resting starters
11:15 Viewer comment on Ja Morant and if he’s worth trading up for if Bulls don’t get 2nd pick
13:30 We found a John Sabine KFC commercial and critique his acting skills
18:30 Viewer comments about chicken places
21:00 We now have beef with the Blazers Outsiders