Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer on Monday became the first Cleveland Cavalier in two years to earn the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor.
Boozer was honored for games played Monday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 25. During that span, the second-year power forward averaged 20.7 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists to help the Cavaliers post a 2-1 record.
The highlight of the week came on Tuesday, Jan. 20, when Boozer scored 32 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a 99-94 home victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Still, Boozer was surprised when the honor was announced before Monday's 99-98 victory over the Orlando Magic, even if his teammates expected it.
"C'mon, Booze," the Associated Press said Cleveland forward Ira Newble shouted across the locker room. "You got 32 (points) and 20 (rebounds) one night. Ain't too many people doing that."
Boozer is the first Cavalier to receive the award since Andre Miller won it the week of Feb. 17, 2002.
Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors. The other nominees for the Eastern Conference award were Miami's Lamar Odom, Milwaukee's Michael Redd, New Orleans' Darrell Armstrong and Orlando's Tracy McGrady.
Boozer is scheduled to attend his grandmother's funeral in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, but is scheduled to arrive back in Cleveland in time for the Cavs' game against the Miami Heat that night. Boozer's grandmother, LaFrancis Brown, died on Friday, Jan. 16, at age 86.
The next night, Boozer scored 32 points - 21 after halftime - and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 102-96 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz, Cleveland's first victory in Utah since 1999. He dedicated that game to his grandmother's memory.