Prince enjoyed basketball. He played the sport growing up, and he sat courtside for a Warriors-Thunder game last month.
But my favorite basketball memory of Prince, whose death was announced today, came when he rented Carlos Boozer’s house in 2004.
As detailed by Jay Williams, Boozer’s former Duke teammate:
“Supposedly, Prince changed the front gate to the Prince sign, he changed the master bedroom to a hair salon, he changed the streaming blue waters that led to the front door to purple water, he knocked out walls, he changed the molding on top of the ceiling. Booz was livid. So pissed off, so angry … He put his Purple Rain stamp on it … Booz was like, ‘I was getting ready to go over there and beat this little man down.’ And dude was just like ‘Here, Boozer, here is a little check for about a million, it’ll take care of everything, get it back the way you want it.’ And Booz was like, ‘This little man is cool as hell.’”