Carlos Boozer is known for a few things. He’s had an NBA career that has seen varied success (perhaps reaching its apex during his years with the Utah Jazz), being from Alaska and, well, being bald.
The being bald part may have been spawned by his disastrous (and humorous) attempt at letting some hair show up top a few years ago. The former L.A. Lakers forward recently told ESPN’s Highly Questionable about why his hair looked like shoe polish on the court and was well aware of the jokes surrounding it. We've got one below to jog your memory.
“Truth be told, I started losing my hair a little bit,” he told Bomani Jones and Dan Le Batard as they began to crack up. “They came out with this, it's like a hair dye for men called ‘The Beijing.’ Well, I had one guy that was like, 'Yo, have you ever thought about growing your hair out?' And I was like, 'Yeah, I was thinking about it until I saw some of these little bald spots on my head.' He was telling me, 'You grow your hair out. I can cover it up a little bit. Make it look like a regular haircut.' So I tried it. And he just made my stuff look like shoe polish up there.”
It didn’t help that video of his misfortune was played repeatedly while he was explaining what happened. Boozer also claims other NBA players use chemical methods to increase head coverage but he’s “no snitch” when it comes to names.
Also during the interview he recalled the time he accidentally punched an official in the man zone while celebrating an "and-1" during a Bulls/Mavericks game a little while back. That was preceded by a story in which young Carlos remembered running from a grizzly bear while playing a pick-up game of basketball, further pushing the stereotype that if you live in Alaska long enough, you’ll run into a wild bear.
Watch the full interview segment here.
(Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/MCT)