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*Has it been that long since Carlos Boozer’s hair (or lack of) turned the Chicago Bulls game against the Boston Celtics into something folks are still laughing about?

Apparently so, since the former Bull is now coming clean on how he infamously showed up to the nationally-televised game with a head full of “shoe polish” in place of his real hair.

According to Ball Don’t Lie, Boozer fessed up this past Tuesday (Oct. 27) on ESPN’s Dan LeBatard Show. Check out the following transcription of Boozer’s appearance, courtesy of SB Nation’s Mark Hinog:

Dan Le Batard: “What was going on with your hair that day?”

Boozer: “Oh man. Man, listen, so … truth be told, as you can tell, I started losing my hair a little bit…”

Bomani: “I know the struggle. I’m with you.”

Boozer: “…they came out with this — it’s like a hair dye, whatever, for men called the ‘bigen.’ Well, I had one guy that was like, ‘Yo, have you ever thought about growing your hair out?’ And I was like, yeah, I was thinking about it, until I saw some of these little bald spots on my head. So, I was like, you know, I just cut my hair off. And so he was telling me that he could — you know, ‘grow your hair out, I could cover it up a little bit, and make it look like you got a regular haircut.’ So I tried it, and he just made myself look like shoe polish up there … this is like five years later, and I’m still hearing about it.”

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Bomani: “Oh yeah! You’re gonna hear about it till the end!”

Boozer: “I still get this!”

Bomani: “We’ve been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to work it in!

Bomani: “You know, we didn’t want to hurt your feelings! But, you know, it was a thing!”

As the interview progressed, Boozer shared that he got clowned by his teammates and Celtics opponents Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for what seemingly taking a marker, at his insistence, to his head. Adding insult to injury was the fact that Boozer’s game against the Celtics was a good one, he claimed. For what its worth, Boozer ended up with a 20-20 game in the Bulls’ four-point to Boston. All this while the TV cameras tracking every move he made with his very noticeable forehead.

Turns out that Boozer was half right. Although he generated 22 points, he only had seven rebounds in the game. Nevertheless, Boozer is obviously well past the whole thing with his current status as a free agent.

Good for him. To see Boozer’s interview, check out the video below: