He typically sneaks into town about once a year — not this time. Kids surrounded Carlos Boozer at the Juneau Douglas High School Gym, as the two-time NBA All Star came home to run his youth camp for the first time in seven years.
“I wanted a chance to give back to the community. this community helped me, everything I get to, shooting hoops, going to school. I have friends that encouraged me, I had teachers help me out, I had a great high school coach in coach Houston, including my family and my parents and so at this time in my career I’m able to spend more time coming back home so it was a perfect time to come,” Boozer told KTVA Sports.
Boozer has called Juneau home since the age of eight, when his family moved to the Capital City from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Although his basketball career has taken him around the globe, for Boozer, this is the place.
“I flew in here, saw the Gastineau Channel, the beauty of it, how peaceful it is here, everything’s closed down, just the nice, very genuine people that are here in Juneau, everyone says ‘hello,’ gives out hugs, the food, oh my God, do I miss the food!” Boozer exclaimed. “The crab legs, the salmon, everything.”
Something else Boozer misses, the NBA, where he spent 13 seasons. Boozer played in China last season, but he’d like one more shot with the league where he’s enjoyed so much success.
“I’d love to be on a team, they have a young, talented, big man, I could teach him a couple of tricks, tools of the trade, also come off the bench and provide some scoring and leadership for a team,” said Boozer.
While he searches for a new landing spot in the NBA, make no mistake, Carlos Boozer is home.