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Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
Position: F-C
Born: 11/20/81
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:257 lbs. / 117 kg.

South Beach move for Carlos Boozer?

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As associate of veteran power forward Carlos Boozer said Boozer wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with the Heat next season (almost assuredly at the minimum). Boozer, who spends a lot of time in Miami, can still play as a backup (11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 49.9 percent from the field for the Lakers), but signing him makes sense only if Josh McRoberts or (less likely) Udonis Haslem is dealt.
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“Trey Lyles will be good, kind of Carlos Boozer good,” one player personnel man said. “His athleticism will act as a kind of governor on him. I think he has to be a four.” Defensively, though, Lyles guarded college wings. He’d have little chance of doing the same in the NBA. “I think he guards fours,” one scout said. “He guarded threes but he didn’t do it very well. Nor is he stout enough to check pro centers. Lyles will have to use his wingspan (measured at 7-3 ½ in Portland last year) and strength to contest shots.”
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As part of his own lead-up to Final Four weekend and a possible Kentucky-Duke rematch, Randle took on Duke alum Carlos Boozer in a Mortal Kombat X competition to plug the game — though it didn’t do much to get the kind of trash talk that should normally accompany anything that pits Duke against Kentucky going. Neither of them, they said, really had any idea what they were doing on the video game. “We just pushed a bunch of buttons and tried to figure out what they do,” Boozer said.
Given those circumstances, Sunday night’s overtime win against the ostensible rival Boston Celtics seemed like a pretty good time for some celebration. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for Los Angeles, and point guard Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 25 points to get them there. So, in his post-game interview, Lin was interrupted by Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and Carlos Boozer for some classic hijinks. Everyone seemed to have a pretty good time: Everyone except Kobe, I guess. While he wasn’t present at the game, Kobe was asked about the moment during an interview on Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It appears that he wouldn’t have had much patience for such antics (via SB Nation):
Instead, Scott explained that Boozer’s absence stemmed from something else. Scott wanted to play Jordan Hill off the bench after missing the previous five games because of a right hip flexor. Scott also became curious with how Hill would fare with forward Ed Davis. The pair combined for 28 points and 24 rebounds, and represented a fourth-quarter unit that nearly chipped away at the Nets’ 22-point lead. Yet, Scott suggested Boozer’s absence likely will not become prolonged. “I just told him it was something I was trying to experiment with and it didn’t go the way I expected it to go,” Scott said. “I wasn’t happy with it. It probably won’t happen again.” The same applies to Wesley Johnson, who also sat because of a coach’s decision while Ryan Kelly (12 points on 4 of 8 shooting) and Nick Young (five points on 2 of 9 shooting) played at small forward. “Wes was good, too,” Scott said. “I told him the same thing. It was something I was trying.”
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The Lakers (13-40) are heading for a second-straight season without a playoff berth, but power forward Carlos Boozer will not request a contract buyout. According to a person familiar with the situation, Boozer will finish out the season with the Lakers instead of looking for the chance to join a postseason contender as a free agent. The Lakers acquired Boozer in July off amnesty waivers from the Chicago Bulls. While his total salary this season is $16.8 million, the Bulls are responsible for $13.6 million while the Lakers are paying the 33-year-old $3.3 million.
Boozer praised CeCe, calling his ex-wife “a trooper” for taking care of his children back in Miami and running his former foundation titled Boozer Buddies, which funded treatment for a family every year and provided grants to non-profits devoted to sickle cell research. Boozer also expressed gratitude for Jazz owner Larry Miller, former coach Jerry Sloan and his teammates for showing support and granting him occasional leaves of absence to see Carmani. But Boozer understandably called that year “stressful.”
Boozer carried the gene that causes sickle cell anemia, but it wasn’t until his ex-wife, CeCe, gave birth to Carmani that they realized this could mark a death sentence. According to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the disease causes the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells that can produce deadly side effects. It can stop blood flow, cause organ damage and raise the risk of infection. “The thought of me losing my son, what do I do?” Boozer said. “Do I put my kid through a life full of torture where he will have a seizure at any given time? Or he may he lose his life? Or maybe he loses an organ and has a difficult life? Or do I roll the dice?”
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On May 31, 2006, Carmani was born with sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that the Centers for Disease Control said affects more than 70,000 people in the United States. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital also said about 1 in 500 African-Americans are born with the disease. But eight years after spending nearly $2 million on treatment, Boozer said Carmani feels “completely healthy.”