Trevor Booker was riding the elevator of his New York hotel on Thursday when a famous person confused him for a famous person. He struck up a conversation with a man who had gotten off on the wrong floor.
“You look like LeBron,” the man told him.
“A lot of people tell me that,” Booker replied. “You look like Chris Tucker.”
“I am,” said Tucker, the star of such blockbuster films as “Rush Hour” and “Friday.”
A day later, Booker could only laugh at the chance encounter and shake his head.
“I didn’t recognize him, because he didn’t have the ‘Rush Hour’ voice, that little squeaky voice. And he lost some weight,” Booker said, chuckling in front of his locker room stall before the Wizards played the Los Angeles Lakers.
Booker was in town for more serious business than star-gazing, since his primary purpose was to figure out why his troublesome right knee was keeping him from actually taking on LeBron James — the Wizards’ opponent tonight in Miami — or anyone else on the basketball court.
“My knee was at a standstill and it wasn’t getting any better,” said Booker, who sprained his right knee during the preseason but hasn’t appeared in a game since aggravating the injury in a loss to Indiana on Nov. 19.
Like his teammate John Wall, Booker met with noted orthopedic specialist David Altchek, who reviewed Booker’s MRI and determined that the best course of action for Booker would be to have a platelet-rich plasma treatment to encourage a more natural healing process.
He will have the treatment administered on Monday by the Wizards’ team doctors and need to rest for an entire week before returning to any physical activity.
“Then, I’m going to start building back up, but I can’t do anything for a week,” said Booker, who couldn’t offer a timetable on when he will be able to return. “I think it depends on how my body responds and how it’s healing.”
Former Wizards Josh Howard and Rashard Lewis both had the procedure to assist with their knee problems and Booker had two PRP procedures to help him recover from plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
In his third season, Booker is averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in nine games, including seven starts. After lacking much of his trademark energy through the early part of the regular season, Booker began limping after elevating for a layup against the Pacers.
Booker will miss his 12th consecutive game when the Wizards have a rematch with the defending champion Heat, and he remains out indefinitely.
“It wasn’t getting any better, so I expected the PRP,” Booker said.