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Utah Jazz player defends Utah and Mormons in radio interview

June 03, 2010
source: Deseret News

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Painted throughout much of his six-year career with the Jazz as someone who wished he was playing somewhere other than Utah, two-time NBA All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer defended the state and its many Mormon residents during a 14-plus minute interview Tuesday with a Miami sports-talk radio station.

When WQAM 560-AM host Sid Rosenberg said Utah is "gorgeous" but "a horrible place to live, horrible," Boozer — who makes his offseason home in the Miami area — refuted the notion.

"Nah, it's not that bad," he said. "You know, I'm raising my kids out there. It's pretty nice.

"We have a good time out there with our basketball team, successful of course. That's the frontcourt of it, the most important thing of it. And it's a great place to raise your kids. And it is beautiful."

Rosenberg followed up by asking, "But those Mormon people are crazy, aren't they? I mean, the Morm ... ?"

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