“I’m real excited,” Booker said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “I get to play against some competition again. I think it will be a neat experience, so I’m definitely excited.”
Booker averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds as a rookie with the Wizards, but his season was cut short in March when he broke a bone in his right foot while playing in Denver. He didn’t want to risk missing more time from basketball with the lockout expected to be protracted as player’s union head Billy Hunter said on Wednesday that he wasn’t optimistic that there would be a 2011-12 season.
“We thought this was a way to kill two birds with one stone,” Miller(his agent) said. “We felt that it was important for him, having had the last fifth of the season taken away from him and subsequently the first month or so of the summer taken away from him as well, because he was in a cast, it’s important for us to get him playing, to get him more opportunities and more visibility. He hasn’t had that.”
Booker plans to leave for Israel next month and his business manager, Oliver Hill plans to tag along and assist Booker with getting acclimated to the new country. Miller said he doesn’t expect Booker to have any problems in Israel. “I think the transition will be very seamless for him. He’s a very mature kid.”