Your Washington Wizards: Clubbing In Miami and Building Playgrounds
Maybe Caron Butler was just born a travelin’ man, or perhaps he’s a rollin’ stone … but without the negative connotations that come with those terms.
So for this off-season, Tuff Juice has hung with Orpah at an awards banquet in D.C., chewed straws with with NBC 4’s Lindsay Czarniak at the Cheesecake Factory, performed a day of community service for Caron Butler Day in Racine, WI, thrown the first pitch at a Nats game, coached at Big Tigger’s Celebrity Basketball Classic and celebrated at Lux Lounge, attended the Marcus Johnson album release party at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, sat ringside at the Pacquiao-Hatton fight in Vegas, has been the topic of a rap song courtesy of Mr. Wicked, chilled with Kobe in L.A., and checked Venus Williams and the Washington Kastles while telling the departed Oleksiy Pecherov that he’s just a phone call or text away.
And I’m sure that isn’t the half of it.
Tonight, Butler, along with Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Delonte West, and Michael Beasley (all dubbed as Caron’s “friends” as he is the headliner), will be hosting, depending on which flier you look at, a Worldwide Tour or National Tour at Bed Nightclub in South Beach Miami.
If I didn’t know better, Mr. Butler might be angling for a future career in politics.
Do what you do Tuff Juice.
On the other hand, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Antawn Jamison will be helping build another playground, his fourth such effort working with an organization called KaBOOM.
Jamison appeared on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show on Friday and spoke with Doc Walker.
Here are the bulleted highlights:
- Just finished his basketball camp – 4th year in a row.
- Doc Walker first met him at a high school all-star game … Capital Classic in DC (at Maryland U.)
- ‘Twan calls the Wizards’ situation “unique” because they’ve yet to see what type of team they really are.
- Calls the Wiz a definite playoff team … asks himself if they are a championship caliber team — answers by saying, “In my eyes, we definitely can compete … with the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.”
- Likes that Flip Saunders has been working with the young guys, a majority of whom have been around since the beginning of summer.
- Cited the need for “health” a couple of times.
And while the interview was rather mundane, Jamison is “The Captain” and such a ‘medium’ distemeanor, a la the preachings of Jim Zorn, is what we’ve come to expect from the 11-year NBA vet.
I wonder if Vegas will let me bet on who will bring a championship parade to D.C. first, The Gentleman Jamison or the Reskins Coach.
Tough call. I’ll stay medium and not make any predictions.
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