The first three lines of Young Jeezy’s verse on “Real as It Gets,” track six on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3:
Allow me to re-introduce myself,
at the same time re-introduce my wealth,
at the same time rejuvinate the game
This is what blasted out of Caron Butler’s headphones prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Mavericks. He danced and sang his way from the training room to his locker, a large drink from McDonald’s and five unwrapped straws in tow. I can’t testify to the contents of Butler’s cup, but would be curious if he’s sticking to the no-soda diet he started this summer.
In any case, Butler was going through his normal pre-game hype routine, hoping to leave his footprint on the night. Instead, Butler stepped in it. He tried enact Jeezy’s first line, played like he’s entitled to more of the second line, and enervated the last line.
Why keep reliving Caron Butler’s Agent Rogue act? Because in a season where just about everything imaginable has happened, when a player starts tuning out a coach, for no good reason, it deserves some extra attention.
First, let’s take a look at the final act of mutiny from the fans’ perspective, courtesy of the distinguished @macg_og:
Now, from the impeccable Michael Lee:
This afternoon, Saunders painted a clearer picture of what he wanted to see on the final play. Sounds like he wanted to work the ball to Randy Foye instead. Foye, after all, had scored a season-high 26 points and had made a three-pointer to bring the Wizards within 94-90 late in the game. [Wizards Insider, Washington Post]
Finally, to commemorate Butler’s rogue goings, a Photoshop Theory: