Carlos Boozer explains the “shoe polish” game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are things that have happened in NBA games that have never gone explained — fragments of history, bits of myth and legend that, perhaps one lucky day, will finally be explained.

One of those happened yesterday, as longtime NBA forward Carlos Boozer was a guest on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable,” and he was asked about the “shoe polish” game. What was the shoe polish game? Back in 2012, when Boozer’s Bulls were playing the Boston Celtics on national television, Boozer showed up with his hair looking like, well, shoe polish.


At the time there was no real explanation. Yesterday, Boozer finally set the record straight in the video below around the 3:30 mark…


  1. A.J. says:

    Not too deep of a “Highly Questionable investigation.” That wasn’t the only game he played with it, far from it. He did it for months. So why was he dumb enough to keep using it. Hell, even LeBron James uses it together with his hair transplant surgeries, but nobody’s had the cajones to call him out on any of it (let alone call him out about the steroids, particularly in Miami, but that’s another story). I’ve always wondered why that crap doesn’t eventually weep like a broad’s mascara as she’s crying that you hurt her feelings. That’s not shoe polish, that’s outdoor paint.

  2. Courtney says:

    This was HILARIOUS! Those guys were dying. Carlos is cool for owning up to it and keeping it real.

  3. Wow… at the end of the video one of the host said” broadcast at the Cleve lander instead of Clevelander!

  4. Frank brown says:

    Boozer is solid for this lol