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Carlos Boozer May Miss Jazz Camp after Son's Bone Marrow Transplant

Carlos Boozer May Miss Jazz Camp after Son's Bone Marrow Transplant



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz say star forward Carlos Boozer could miss training camp next week while his son recovers from a bone-marrow transplant in Miami.

"My son is recovering from a bone marrow transplant in Miami. Because of his procedure, my return to training camp in Boise, Idaho, is uncertain. As soon as my son is home from the hospital and stable, I will join my teammates. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by me and my family during this time. We have been in contact with the Jazz organization, including Mr. Miller, Kevin O'Connor, and Coach Sloan, and all of my teammates, and everyone has been incredibly supportive of my family during these days. We want everyone to know how grateful we are for that."

Camp starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday in Boise, Idaho.

Boozer says he'll join his teammates as soon as his son is home from the hospital and stable.

"Carlos has been working out all summer in Miami and coordinating efforts with Gary Briggs, our team trainer, and Mark McKown, our strength and conditioning coach. We are confident that when he rejoins the team he will be ready to compete," said Jazz General Manager, Kevin O'Connor. "Carlos needs to be with his family right now and we fully support his decision."

Boozer averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds during the playoffs.

The Jazz begin the season with media day on October 1 in Salt Lake City and then travel to Boise for training camp through Saturday, October 6.

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