Butler is a busy guy these days—the Wizards’ season opener is less than a week away—but we had a chance to catch up with him after a morning shoot-around in Toronto.
What’s your favorite television show?
The Game—it’s a new show on CW. And I loved The Sopranos.
Your favorite movie?
The Color Purple. I’m a big fan of Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Favorite singer or band?
I liked Aretha Franklin growing up, but my favorite singer now is Mary J. Blige.
All-time favorite restaurant?
Believe it or not, the Cheesecake Factory.
Favorite vacation spot?
Me and my wife go to Maui every summer, and I love going to Jamaica.
What makes Washington special?
It has the best fans—the most loyal. And the city is so historic.
My mom’s house is the most rewarding thing I own. Just knowing it’s hers, with the situation I grew up in, makes it my most special and prized possession.
What would you do if you weren’t in the NBA?
I’d be working with kids, probably in a community center, sharing my experiences, just giving hope. I’ve been through a lot of adversity. Other kids can make it if they just believe.
Thing that others would find surprising about you?
I’m a franchise owner of Burger King.
Your proudest achievement?
From a personal standpoint, being a good father. I take a lot of pride in that. Growing up without a father, I made it an obligation to be the best father I could be.
What’s your prediction this season?
Our main thing is winning a championship. We feel like we’re deeper this year and have the personnel to do it.