Caron Butler's Playoff Shoes
I said this on Comcast SportsNet last night, but I'll say it again here: the vibe in the Wiz locker room before last night's game was tremendous. Very much like the old days. Lots of wackiness in evidence. That's why I began proclaiming that the Wiz would win, and why I stuck by that statement at halftime. So it turned out I was mildly wrong. But still, it did feel a bit like the old days.
Gilbert even came by again, hobbling about. He noticed Brendan Haywood looking through his (Gilbert's) locker and called him a "scavenger." Oh, and the little motivational saying that hung from Gilbert's name plate has been taken down, presumably boxed up for the summer. I can't remember if I ever posted the text here; it was so mundane, that I don't think I did.
Regardless, the other exciting pre-game news was Caron Butler has received his playoff shoes. I'll admit to not being a sneaker nerd, but people seemed to like it when I posted previous pics of his shoes, so I'll do so again, with the vain hope of a link on NikeTalk. Sadly, I can't even tell you which shoe is which, exactly.
Butler said they're still exploring exactly what shoe he should wear next year, and how widely it will be available in retail. "I had to give my ideas of what I thought of 'em, and they're gonna take it from there," he said.
So he took out the three varieties and plopped 'em on the ground for us all to stare at.
"Go ahead and take a look at em," he told the crowd. "Don't hurt yourself now."
I asked whether he'd actually be wearing them in the playoffs, since they are his playoff shoes and all.
"I didn't get 'em for nothing," he said. "You've got to start reading in between the lines, man, you're missing everything."
Somehow, this quote, or a version of it anyhow, wound up in today's paper. I still don't understand what I was missing. Please, someone, explain it to me. The jokes were flying over my head left and right yesterday, as the media horde laughed at me. Anyhow, as Reader Nancy pointed out below, Butler--who did his typical stand and clap and wave to the crowd for more noise routine last night--was wearing a gray suit at the game, and some sort of high-end shoes. Not sneakers, in other words.
Anyhow, I think they're seriously looking for feedback, so feel free to offer your thoughts on the three choices.
April 18, 2007; 11:29 AM ET
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