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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



ATLANTA — Attorneys for Carlos Boozer have filed suit in Miami, alleging that businessman Claudio Osorio ‘‘maliciously’’ squandered a $1 million investment by Boozer in Osorio’s company, InnoVida Holdings, which manufactures components for affordable housing.

Boozer declined to comment on the suit, which also seeks relief from Osorio’s wife, Amarilis, InnoVida’s vice president, and Craig Toll, the company’s chief financial officer.

‘‘This guy [Osorio] had an air of credibility,’’ Boozer’s attorney, David Nunez, told the South Florida Business Journal. ‘‘That’s how he was able to gain access to all these deep-pocket investors.’’

The suit alleges the Osorios lied to Boozer and others, duping celebrities into investing ‘‘to fund their lavish and extravagant lifestyle.’’ It also alleges that Osorio misrepresented himself as having a ‘‘wildly successful business track record’’ and claiming InnoVida was ‘‘revolutionizing the construction industry.’’

Boozer and his former wife, Cindy, say the Osorios promised 1,000 percent returns from projects that benefitted disaster-stricken areas.

It was all ‘‘intentionally, maliciously, fraudulently misleading and false,’’ the suit says, adding that ‘‘InnoVida is a defendant to at least 14 known lawsuits, including a blanket lien on the operating factory’s assets.’’

In January 2010, Osorio announced that InnoVida would be providing homes to earthquake-ravaged Haiti at an event that featured former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

InnoVida was taken over by a court-ordered receiver March 3.

Best of times

Joakim Noah, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford — the man he lined up against Tuesday — and Corey Brewer easily could have said, ‘‘Misson accomplished,’’ and decided to leave Florida after winning the NCAA championship in 2006. Instead, they decided to stay in Gainesville and added a second title.

Why? They didn’t want it to end.

‘‘Playing at Florida and winning the championship was the best time of my life,’’ Noah said. ‘‘There’s nothing better than working so hard all year for one goal — and to reach it is indescribable. Only one team in the country achieves that. It’s a beautiful thing. There’s so many emotions going through your mind.

‘‘You realize that winning a championship is bigger than you. You make a lot of people happy. To this day, when I go back to Florida, people talk to me about those times.’’

Rose on Thibs

Derrick Rose amazes fans. And coach Tom Thibodeau amazes Rose.

‘‘I’ve never played for a coach that was this focused,’’ Rose said. ‘‘There’s nothing else. No kids. No wife. No leisure time just to watch TV. I’m dead serious.

‘‘I’ve never heard about Thibs being out eating anywhere, never ran into him anywhere. Never. No matter what city we’re in. I’ve never been around .  .  . a coach that’s like that.’’

Still, Rose said he doesn’t worry about Thibodeau.

‘‘No, he’s healthy,’’ Rose said. ‘‘We’re winning. He seems like he’s enjoying himself, so I’m fine with it. As long as we keep winning, he can keep this going.’’

Roster shuffle

Rasual Butler dressed, while fan favorite Brian Scalabrine was inactive against the Hawks.

‘‘We’ll just go game-by-game,’’ Thibodeau said of his 12-man active list. ‘‘Matchups, where we are [as a team].’’



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