An NCAA champion
at Duke, the second Alaskan player to make the NBA, the guy who left Cleveland
wanting (the Cavs say he bolted as a free agent in 2004 after verbally agreeing
to stay), Utah Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer is now in his first NBA
playoffs—and cleaning up. He was averaging 24.7 points in the postseason,
knocking down 34 in Game 4 of Round 2 to help Utah take a three-games-to-one
lead over Golden State. At 6'9" and 266 pounds Boozer is a bruiser (20
rebounds against the Warriors on May 7), and at 25 he is a cornerstone of the
Jazz's—and perhaps the NBA's—future.
On playing in a
city with one major pro team
You are a lot more magnified. When you go out, everybody knows who you are. In
Cleveland you could be more anonymous. I get comped at so many restaurants here
though, so I'm not complaining!
On being a
successor to Jazz great Karl Malone
Malone and John Stockton were pathfinders; they paved the way. I don't have to
be Malone, and [Jazz point guard] Deron [Williams] doesn't have to be Stockton.
Some of the media expected us to be them because we do similar things on the
court, but it's not fair to put that on us. I had to stop reading the
On fans' creative
The other night a woman held one up saying, I USED TO BE HORNY, BUT NOW I'M A
BOOZER. She was a Jeff Hornacek fan [the ex-- Jazz guard]. I've [also] seen a
lot of negative ones. In Cleveland the most. I try not to pay attention.
My conscience is clear. I didn't do anything wrong. And when I went back, a lot
of people—like LeBron and my old teammates—told me how much they missed me.
On growing up in
You can go snowboarding year round, and basketball was maybe the second most
popular sport behind hockey. We didn't live in igloos or fight with polar
bears, but we had to take a plane or a boat to every road game. Every other
city was at least 30 minutes away.
On playing for the
U.S. team this summer
I filled out the paperwork, and I'm going to try to play, but my wife is having
twins, and I don't want to miss that. But playing for Coach K again, man,
that's something I want.
On Duke players
not always panning out in the NBA
Coach K finds players who fit into the team concept, first and foremost. He's
good at finding everybody's roles, and it's always about the team. In the NBA
it's all about one-on-one; can you beat your man or can't you.
On his movie
I'm a big movie guy. But when you're married, you have to see every movie with
your wife. So when I'm out of town, I have to wait until I get back to see
anything. My collection of movies is [crazy]. I have a thing called a
Kaleidescape. It's like a movie iPod. You plug it into any TV in the house and
go. The thing has 50,000 movies! Greatest invention ever.
On how he met his
I just got to Duke for orientation, and I was in the bookstore. [CeCe] saw me
at the bookstore but didn't talk to me. Then she looked me up in the school
directory, [called me] and said, 'I saw you at the bookstore; I wanted to see
if you wanted to go out some time.' I was like, 'Hell yeah, I'll go out with
you anytime.' She took me to her house and cooked me dinner. I called my mom
that night and told her I had found the one.