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The Butler did it! Meet All-Star Caron Butler

Butler didn't have the easiest road to the NBA, but this down-to-earth star has blossomed into one of Washington's most eminent role models.

New York Knickerbocker Quentin Richardson smirks as Caron Butler drives past the defensive-minded forward. Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards.

Since being traded to the Washington Wizards in 2005, Caron Butler has risen from a promising player to an elite young star. Last year, the six-foot-seven forward from Racine, Wisconsin, recorded career highs in points (19.1), rebounds (7.4), and assists (3.7) while becoming a first-time All Star alongside teammate Gilbert Arenas.

Butler elevates over Toronto’s Juan Dixon for a right-handed floater in the lane. Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards.

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.

Favorite book?
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 food?
Fried shrimp.

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.

In an attempt to become a better all-around player, Butler spent time this summer working on his ball-handling skills. Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards.

Favorite object you own?
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.