Caron Butler: "This is still home"
Caron Butler rode his bicycle down Pennsylvania Avenue with two Congressmen and the Crown Prince of Denmark on Monday morning, and then for a longer tour around the monuments and National Mall. Before that happened, they all stopped to talk to the media.
The Crown Prince, it turns out, drew more media members than Caron, but there were a few of us there to ask him about coming back to D.C.
"I mean, this is still the crib for me," he said. "I'm gonna still stay in the area. My wife loves Fairfax, obviously this is a great area for children and kids to be raised in. This is still home. Outside of the business side of it, I don't work here any more, but I still get work done here."
Butler's wife is expecting their second child, so he'll be here for much of the offseason. He's been playing pick-up games in Chantilly, and is still continuing some of his charitable efforts here. And he said that even after the trade to Dallas, he continued following the Wizards.
"I mean, when you play for an organization, you put so much into it," Butler said. "You're always gonna follow that team and that organization and wish them well. You understand the business side. You know, I'm mature enough to understand the business side, so I understand what had to be done, but at the same time I'll follow the careers of Andray, Nick, Gilbert, some of the young guys like JaVale, and just continue to wish them success. You know, we went through a lot together. Whether it was good or bad, we went through a lot, so we'll always have ties to the franchise."
And Butler -- who has repeatedly talked about his fondness for Abe and Irene Pollin -- said he was glad to see the Wizards win the draft lottery this spring.
"I thought that was great," he said. "I thought that was great for the franchise. Sitting there watching the draft [lottery], and seeing Mrs. Pollin having Abe's ring, it was a great moment I think for the franchise and Ted Leonsis. I was happy for them."
Which leaves the biking thing. Butler has been donating hundreds of bikes to kids since his cousin in Racine had a bike stolen years ago, and he's now associated with biking culture, even taking a 20-mile ride over the weekend. The League of American Bicyclists asked Butler to be involved in this event -- which was celebrating the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue -- and so he rode along with Thomas Petri (R-Wisc.), James Oberstar (D-Minn., pictured below in full biking garb) and Frederick Andre Henrik (Crown Prince-Denmark).
"Man, he's cool," Butler said of the crown prince. "He unbelievable. Just kicking it with him right now. We call it parlaying, that's all we're doing, me and the prince. Parlaying. Use that in your blog."
("I just had the time of my life today riding the bike with the prince of denmark. Ballin!" Butler later wrote on Twitter.)
(Also, Oberstar said this: "We need to convert from the hydrocarbon society to the carbohydrate society." Good line, Sir.)
Butler said he hopes to continue such events here in the future, wherever he winds up playing basketball.
"I've got a lot of ties here in the city," he said. "Even though I'm not with the organization, with the Washington Wizards, there's people here I've got a lot of ties to, and that don't change. People accepted me with open arms and it'll always be the same back. So there's a lot of love here in Washington."
June 7, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
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