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Carlos Boozer on the time he rented his Bel Air mansion out to Prince: "He had turned the weight room into a nightclub with a disco ball"

Prince's lavish lifestyle proves that while NBA players make a lot of money, there are many other celebrities who make more than them.
Carlos Boozer shares a wild story with Prince living in his mansion

Carlos Boozer rented his Bel Air mansion out to none other than Prince

Being a power forward can be somewhat of an unglamorous position in basketball. Typically power forwards are too big to be lean offensive threats like small forwards and too small to be able to control the paint on both ends of the floor like a center. Carlos Boozer was one guy who understood what needed to be done at the power forward position quite well.

Boozer was a talented interior scorer and rebounder at the power forward position at the peak of his powers. He was selected to the All-Star Game twice and even made the All-NBA Third team in 2008. Boozer’s career isn’t worthy of Hall of Fame status, but people often forget how solid a player he was during his time with the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz handed Boozer an extensive six-year, $70 million contract in 2004, despite Boozer being in the league for just two seasons to that point. It resulted in some controversy at the time, but the fact of the matter was that Boozer got paid early in his career, and one of the purchases Boozer ended up making was a large mansion out in Bel Air.

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Boozer ended up letting Prince live in his mansion

Boozer didn’t use the house in Bel Air, as he resided in Utah during the basketball season. As a result, Boozer’s real estate agent told him that he could rent it out and make some money, but he refused. He eventually gave in once he realized how much money he could make off it, and as it turns out, he rented his Bel Air mansion out to none other than Prince. Here’s the story as told by Boozer:

“Once upon a time, I bought a house in Bel Air. Like 18,000 square feet. I moved here to Utah, coming here for the season, and my realtor in LA kept hitting me up, saying someone wants to rent your house. I was like, no, I didn’t even spend no time in my house. Well he’s willing to pay 95 grand a month, and I was like oh. I didn’t know who it was until he got in the car and I was like, that’s Prince, and she was like yeah.”

“He rented the crib so that was all good. I like tore my hamstring four or five times - there is a really good physical therapist in LA named Judy Sitos, so I went out to LA to see her. I kept calling Prince. I’m like I’m gonna stop by the house, but he wasn’t returning my call. I pulled up to the house, and I had these two golden lions on the gate and it wasn’t there. It was a symbol that I had never seen in my life.”

“He literally had ripped out every single thing in my house. Everything was purple and black everywhere. He had turned the weight room into a nightclub with a disco ball and a DJ booth. Had a massage parlor in one room. I finally got a hold of him, and he’s in Asia doing a tour for his album. He’s like Booz, don’t worry, I got you. He wired me 500 grand to ease my mind. He was like, when I move out, it will be like I was never there. Long story short, he rents out my crib for a year and redecorates the entire house. Then wires me half a million, and then when I got there at the end of his lease, it was like he was never there. That is how much money Prince had.” - Carlos Boozer.

Carlos Boozer wasn’t the only NBA player Prince came in contact with

Boozer’s story is unique and shows just how large of a figure Prince was, but he wasn’t the only NBA player who met up with the music superstar. Shaquille O’Neal recalled meeting Prince during the 1994 All-Star Game break in Minnesota for the first time. As Shaq put it, “Prince got the finest girls I ever seen in my life, feeding him grapes, combing his hair, doing his toes.” Quite the first introduction, to say the least.

NBA players are affluent celebrities, but it pales compared to somebody like Prince. Prince was one of the most famous people globally, and he lived a lifestyle that backed that up. So if you think NBA players make a lot of money, remember that there are people out there who are certainly making more than they are.

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