Carlos Boozer is two games shy of appearing in every game for the first time in his 10-year career.

And if that sounds impressive given the compressed chaos that the lockout-shortened, 66-game season has produced, consider this:

"The days you do get off are monumental days, but then you have the people you love the most going, 'Daddy, let's go play at the park,' " Boozer said of his three sons in a recent interview with the Tribune. "Or your girl wants to go to the movies and spend some quality time. You just want to sleep on the couch and watch some Denzel Washington or Spike Lee joint. There's a lot to balance.

"But even though it has been a grind, it has been fun. It's all about family — on and off the court — and winning and we're doing that."