Washington fans have nothing but love for former Wizard Caron Butler. That showed Monday night when the crowd roared as he took the floor -- this time for the Sacramento Kings.
He spent five of his 13 NBA seasons in Washington, the longest and most successful stop of his career.
Before tip off Monday night, Butler could be seen greeting Verizon Center staff, giving hugs and asking how familiar faces are doing. He even threw longtime facilities manager Jerry Walter over his shoulder at one point.
Here’s a clip of the two catching up.
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Butler finished with 4 points and 2 rebounds in a little over six minutes of playing time for Sacramento. The Wizards beat the Kings 113-99.
After the game, he was as laid-back and open with the media as always. One thing has changed, though: Butler sold his last residence in the D.C. area and now owns a home in Los Angeles.
He emphasized that he still considers the Wizards his NBA home whether or not he physically lives nearby.
“[Washington] is still home, no matter what,” Butler said. “It’s home for life. Ernie Grunfeld and the organization, they treated me extremely well. I consider this home.”
And like anyone that follows their home team, he has kept a close eye on the Wizards' ups and downs.
“They have injuries with Bradley Beal and Nene and guys like that, but they’ve still been able to get quality wins against us and Charlotte,” he said. “Watching film, they’re playing a lot of small ball and they’re playing extremely well.”
He singled out John Wall as the key to the team's future.
“You got a franchise guy in John Wall that’s setting the tone and finding open guys. He’s one of the best guards in the game. He’s unbelievable,” Butler said.
The veteran communicates with Wall even though the two never overlapped. Washington traded Butler in February of 2010 then drafted Wall that June.
“I talked to John [Wall] in the summer a few times and obviously when he first got here,” Butler said. “He’s just amazing, man. I love him for what he’s doing for the city. It’s great.”
As for his own future, Butler doesn't plan on writing another book after Tuff Juice, his popular autobiography published this year. But what about rumors of a Tuff Juice movie?
“I’m working on something from the book,” he said. “It’s interesting. Keep watching.”
If Tuff Juice were turned into a movie, though, Butler said he’d want the 5-foot-11 Michael B. Jordan to play him.
“Everybody looks tall on TV. Look at Tom Cruise. And Hitler.”
No offense to whoever might play Butler, but it's highly unlikely they'll be as entertaining as the original.
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