A member of the gold-medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team, Boozer was traded to the Lakers by the New York Knicks in exchange for Dick Barnett in October 1965.
The 1959 No. 1 overall draft pick played in 79 games in the 1960-61 season, primarily as a backup. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 expansion draft. Boozer and the rest of the 1960 Olympic team were enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2010.