Opening Tip: Bulls deal with the cold

January, 7, 2014
Jan 7
2:00
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Carlos Boozer knows how to deal with cold weather better than most of his teammates. That's because the power forward grew up in Alaska. Boozer recounted a tale after Monday's practice that gave some perspective as to how cold it was for him growing up.

"I'll tell you a crazy story," he said of his days at Juneau-Douglas High School. "My last game when I was in high school was in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was minus-55. There wasn't any wind that day. It was just real cold."

To Boozer, the minus-13 temperatures registered around the Berto Center, the Chicago Bulls' practice facility, on Monday were nothing.

"We flew to Fairbanks," he said of his last high school game. "We had a game against Lathrop High School the next day. It was minus-55 when we woke up that day. We're all bundled up, we've got the facemask-thing going, covering our hands with crazy gloves. It was cold. But we won the game, though."

Boozer and his teammates were all trying to stay warm on Monday. Some were feeling the cold more than others.

"I wear three pairs of socks, two long johns, two sweats, a sweatshirt, a hoodie," Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler said. "And then a jacket. I'm cold."

No scarf, though.

"I don't do scarfs," he said. "Scarfs is more of a Booz-type thing. That's Booz. And Jo. But Jo has on two scarfs and three head things."

Even Boozer admitted that Chicago's weather is a little different.

"I'm staying bundled up," he said. "I got a heavy jacket in the back, too. I got my scarf on, my hat. I've been in cold weather before growing up in Alaska but the wind makes it a little different out here."

What's next: The Bulls face off against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at the United Center at 7 p.m. CT.

The last word: Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, on how he's dealing with the weather:

"It's awfully cold there, but I don't think about it. It's nice and warm in here."

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Chicago Bulls beat reporter
Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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