OKLAHOMA CITY — Carlos Boozer watched the first half of Heat-Celtics last night and none of Lakers-Rockets. Why would this self-confessed basketball junkie take in so little of the first night of NBA action?
Well, he spent much of Tuesday evening working on his Spanish with Rosetta Stone. Of course.
“I live in Miami and I have all these people talking to me in Spanish, and I don’t know what they’re saying,” Boozer said with a smile. “Are they talking to me or talking about me?”
So it’s not that Boozer has forsaken the Western Conference, where he spent the last six years in Utah before landing in Chicago in another of the summer’s blockbuster moves.
“I would never turn my back on the West,” he said. “The West is where I grew up. I was able to become who I am out there.”
The Bulls have to wait at least another month or so to see who that is with Boozer nursing a broken hand. He’s traveling with team, which opens its season tonight (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) against Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
“It’s going to be tough to have to watch tonight and not be out there celebrating with my teammates playing against Oklahoma,” Boozer said. “But I’ll be out there cheering my teammates on being an assistant coach.”