Brendan Haywood = Big Sexy?, and TNT Copies the Bog
Caron Butler said he has another nickname. It's 007. And/or James Bond. I didn't even realize his real name was James Caron Butler. As for Tuff Juice, "that's my alter-ego," he said. Also, I finally talked to him about the team's nickname deficit in a post-Tuff Juice, post-Agent 0 world. He said there were a few more nicknames.
Brendan Haywood, he said, is "Big Sexy" and Donell Taylor "Little A.I." But I thought Jason Whitlock was Big Sexy? Now I'm confused.
Butler also pointed out that teammates call Antawn Jamison "Fiji," because he has the word "Fiji" written on his practice sneaks. For the record, I asked Jamison once about that.
"I can't tell you all my secrets; I'm taking Gil's place," Jamison said. "I'll tell you after the season."
And speaking of Gilbert channeling, someone just asked Butler whether he might suit up tomorrow.
"It's a possibility," he admitted. "Just to go out there tomorrow like that, just to get the crowd [going], get the place going crazy, that'd be great."
This information was relayed to Eddie Jordan, who rolled his eyes.
"This Gilbertology thing is spreading," he said. "Whatever he wants to do is fine with me. He won't play, but whatever makes him happy. If it'll help us, I'm all for it."
[As for Butler's actual health, "it's coming along," he said. "Still getting treatment every day, doing a little more things with it, shooting layups and stuff with it, seeing how I feel.... I want to play. But nothing yet. I've got to get cleared by the doctors." ]
Incidentally, Butler faced Big Sexy in a free-throw shooting contest today. Haywood made 9 of 10. Butler shot left-handed. He went miss, make, miss, make, miss, make, miss. At this point Haywood left; "don't worry about it, I'll catch you next time," he said, and Caron gave up. Caron also launched left-handed threes, along with Donell Taylor, who actually made two in a row left-handed, including one off the glass. "That's a darn good shot," Antonio Daniels said of Taylor's left-handed delivery.
A few minutes later, A.D. began fixing Wizards PR ace Daren Jenkins's tie. "We're going to get you right, I promise," he said, giving me an excuse to mention Daren Jenkins in this space for about the 81st time.
A.D. also told me what's on his custom-made wristbands. On the right, "Remember Why You Play." On the left, "Am I My Brother's Keeper." As for the meaning, "it's something to myself," A.D. said, and declined to elaborate.
And in the day's most important news....TNT taped a spot with Caron Butler, in which he performed a blind straw taste test for the cameras, and discussed his habit. Apparently Charles Barkley made fun of his straw habit on air recently. Caron noticed me, incredulously watching the TNT taping.
"Stick 'em up, you got jacked," he said. "They just swagged you. They took your whole thing. You ought to get paid for that."
Yeah, really. Well, I'd settle for a TNT shout-out.
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