NEW ORLEANS -- Charles Boozer was not blessed with the height of 6-foot-9 Carlos, his big brother in more ways than one.
"We look alike," Carlos said, "but he has better hair."
Added Charles: "And I look a little cuter."
The two reunited Wednesday when Charles watched Carlos' Bulls stun the Spurs. Charles, a 6-foot-3 guard, plays in San Antonio for the Texas Fuel of the American Basketball Association.
"It was awesome seeing him," Carlos said. "He's on the journey trying to make it. Sometimes people give up on their dreams, but he hasn't."
Charles was an Iowa State junior in 2010 when he scored a career-high 19 points against North Dakota State, more than 15 above his season average. The next game, against Texas, he tore his right ACL and was never the same.
Now 26, Charles said he's six credits short of a double degree in criminal justice and sociology. He planned to go into law enforcement near his home in the Bay Area, but instead he got the itch to give basketball another shot.
He credits his wife, Sanaz, for inspiring him.
They met during a Nike photo shoot at the Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas. After Charles spotted her, he told Carlos: "Bro, I need to marry her one day. It's a fairy tale -- and my reality."
They got engaged four months later.
Charles has played just two games for the Fuel, but he recorded a triple-double in the last one with 15 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds.
"He's a combo guard who can set up his teammates and score," Carlos said. "He's a great defender, very athletic. And he has great wisdom."
Carlos asked Bulls management to give Charles a tryout for their summer-league team last year, and he made the cut. But Charles played sparingly, with Bulls brass giving Marquis Teague and Tony Snell a longer look.
At the time, Carlos said: "He got an NBA uniform on that says 'Chicago.' I'm proud of him. He worked his butt off for this moment."
Charles' next step is to play in Puerto Rico, pending that league's Feb. 10 draft. Asked about his chances to make it to the NBA, Charles replied: "All the chance in the world; it's completely in my hands. The harder I work, the more opportunities I'll get."
That response would make Carlos happy.
"I'm proud of my brother for not giving up," he said. "And when I'm around him, it reminds me of the hunger it takes to get here."
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