HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — When you hear NBA players talk overcoming adversity to reach the highest level of their profession, you have to know that there are different types of adversity.
Some challenges are greater than others. Some obstacles are much larger than others. And then there is the unbelievable saga that is the life and times of Caron Butler, one of the league’s most respected veteran players. Butler almost threw away his opportunity to reach this level as a youngster growing up in Racine, Wisconsin.
A drug dealer at the age of 11, Butler had been arrested 15 times before his 15th birthday. He didn’t discover his love for the game until he was forced to embrace it while serving time in a detention center. He turned his life around, of course, becoming a the Big East Player of the Year at Connecticut, a lottery pick in the 2002 Draft, a two-time All-Star and NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. His story has come full circle with him now wearing the uniform of his (near)hometown team.
However, his humble beginnings and how fortunate he was to overcome them remain the most compelling part of the truly unbelievable real story of Caron Butler (courtesy of Fox Sports Live) …
VIDEO: The real story of Caron Butler of the Milwaukee Bucks