Carlos Boozer dribbles and scores for the Chicago Bulls. Off the court, Boozer does the same for a cause close to his heart. An ambassador for Dribble to Stop Diabetes, the 6-foor-9 forward is raising awareness on diabetes, a condition that occurs when the body can't use glucose, a type of sugar, normally. Approximately 18.8 million are diagnosed with diabetes, while seven million remain undiagnosed. “The statistics are staggering.” Boozer says. “My grandmother passed from diabetes and my aunt has it. For me, this is something that hits close to home.”
Busy with NBA preseason and spreading the word about diabetes prevention, Boozer took some time to answer SI Kids 10 Questions. See how well he scores.
What time is your alarm set for?
Normally 8 am. I have practice at 11.
Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry ice cream?
Chocolate and vanilla, mixed.
What was your childhood nickname?
Los—a shortened version of my name. Most of my friends called me that.
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If you weren’t an athlete, what would you want to do?
A detective. I love figuring stuff out. Or a lawyer. I’m nuts about the show Law and Order.
Why do you wear the jersey number you do?
My parents have five kids. I wanted to honor them.
What is your favorite city to compete in?
New York. It’s something about Madison Square Garden. The fans, the atmosphere, and stepping onto the court. I love the environment.
What do you do on days off?
Rest and go to the movies. I love a good film.
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Who is the greatest athlete of all-time?
Michael Jordan. He was an amazing basketball player. I know he didn't do well in baseball, but put that guy in pads and I’m sure he’d be good on the football field. He had an in amazing high jump so I think he could break some high jump records too.
Who is your best friend in sports?
Dwight Howard. We grew really close over the years. We live close to each other in Florida.
What is the last (non-food) item that you purchased?
The iPhone 5. It’s cool. There are lots of new features and I love playing games on it.