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Remembering Caron Butler, For Better or For Worse: A Season of Video Interviews

Updated: February 24, 2010

I’ve been fighting some inner demons when it comes to Caron Butler. I used to like me some Gilbert Arenas, but Tuff Juice was my favorite Wizard. This year that changed.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out”, “Pile on Caron” type of piece. I still like the guy. Simply put, he’s an admirable human being, much less factoring what he has accomplished in making it from Racine, Wisconsin to the best basketball league in the world in the first place.

As unfathomably tragic as this entire Wizards 2009-10 season has been, the microcosm of Butler’s woes has left more of a bad taste in my mouth than anything else, harming his legacy in my opinion. But perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic and this is something I should just get over.

Still, I can’t help but thinking mostly about Butler when I hear Flip Saunders talk of trust, and a previous lack thereof, or Ernie Grunfeld talk of selfish basketball. And I know nothing can, nor should, be totally blamed on Caron — I mean, Antawn Jamison’s assists per 36 minutes was lower than Nick Young’s for crying out loud — but the night where Butler splashed his Rogue Tuff Juice all over the court came with high consequences of negative opinion.

Maybe the downfall of Butler in my eyes came as a result of gaining media access this season, which has spawned two in-depth looks at the player on the court and in the locker room.

And maybe now that he’s gone, this post should focus more on appreciating Caron Butler. After all, the guy was classy enough to write D.C. a thank-you letter.

And maybe bygones should be bygones.

And maybe it just is what it is.

I guess what I’m trying to say, in some back-handed manner, is ‘Thank you, Caron Butler.’

For better or worse, my memories of you are what they are. And as much of an indictment potential successful play from you in Dallas is of your sub-par play this season in D.C., I wish you all the best. I’m not going to say you deserve a championship quest any more than the fans in Washington, but basketball skills diminish, fandom lasts forever.

So, go get ’em Tuff Juice.

{The Best of Caron Butler Interviews 2009-10}

*as a Washington Wizard, and home games/practices only

{And some pictures from the past}

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.