In the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by NBA veteran Caron Butler. They discussed:
1:00: His rough childhood, which involved selling cocaine at 11 years old and being arrested 15 times by the age of 15.
1:40: Falling in love with basketball at a juvenile detention center.
2:40: Changing his lifestyle and leaving the streets.
5:05: How a police officer giving him the benefit of the doubt kept him from serving a decade in prison.
9:20 What NBA teams asked him about his past during the pre-draft process.
11:30: Going from working at Burger King as a kid to becoming an owner of six franchises.
13:30: How much sweeter is his success given all of the obstacles he had to overcome.
15:50: Having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, what does it take to beat a super-team?
17:30: Frustration over the Dallas Mavericks breaking up after their 2011 championship.
18:30: Thoughts on the Golden State Warriors and what their dominance means for the NBA.
22:15: What it’s like matching up against LeBron James and Kevin Durant
25:10: How the league has changed over the last decade.
26:50: His free agency and his future in broadcasting.
29:10: His fun days with the Washington Wizards.
30:45: Being addicted to Mountain Dew and drinking it at halftime of games.
31:30: What Jim Calhoun taught him on and off the court at UConn.
33:10: Playing with Kobe Bryant and his favorite teammates.
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