Mag Minute: Carlos Boozer, Bulls forward

Boozer hails from Alaska, attended Duke, loves chess, admires Denzel and wants to raise his kids the right way. Gary Dineen/Getty Images

Born on a military base in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Carlos Boozer grew up in Juneau, Alaska. He led his high school team to back-to-back state championships before playing for Duke, where he was part of the 2001 national championship team. He is one of few in Duke history to score 600 points in a season.

In his 10 years in the NBA, Boozer has played for the Cavaliers, the Jazz and now the Bulls, who visit the Houston Rockets tonight in the fourth game of the NBA's Christmas quintuple-header.

What is your favorite thing to doodle?

I have like four or five characters I like to draw. I have one dude who’s bald-headed, another guy who has a little wart right on his nose and a couple girls and a dog. After that, just scenery.

What is your favorite board game?

My dad taught me chess when I was about 8 years old. It’s a great game. The last three games my dad and I played, we played to a stalemate -- just our kings. Our longest game lasted more than three months, and we just kept it going.

What movie have you seen more than any other?

Probably "Coming to America" because I like comedy, and Eddie Murphy, at that time, was the funniest person on the planet.

If you were a talk-show host, which celebrity would be your first guest?

Denzel Washington. He is my favorite actor. Every movie he has ever done has been awesome.

What is the first question you would ask him?

I would ask him what his inspiration was growing up. Because to be who he has become, he had to have an incredible vision. I want to know who inspired him.

What is your most irrational fear?

I’m a dad of three young beautiful boys, so my biggest fear is what they are going to grow up and become. I think we’re doing a great job of raising them, but I want to make sure my boys grow up to be great, strong men who can lead their generation.