For an NBA player that has just been traded, there are a million things to do. On the basketball side alone, they have to do the meet-and-greet with all of their new teammates, coaches, trainers, etc. They have to learn plays, watch a ton of film, continue to work on their game, and understand defensive rotations. Then, somewhere in there, they have to uproot and move almost instantly, all while coordinating a place to stay when they get where they’re going, provide for their family, and make sure they have all of life’s accoutrements. Lost somewhere in that shuffle is any kind of personal statement to the fans, because when you get traded, you…I’ll just let Caron Butler tell you, as he did to his fans through the Washington Post:
When you get traded, you don’t get time to say goodbye. More important, you don’t get the opportunity to say, “Thank you.”
Thank you, to some of the best fans in the world. Representing you and representing this city has been an honor I will always cherish.
During my 4 1/2 years as a Wizard, I learned many valuable lessons, especially how to give back to the community. The most rewarding part of my time in Washington was meeting the incredible people of this city, and I will miss you all. Thank you to the countless individuals who helped me with the annual Coats for Kids, the Bike Brigade and my basketball camp. The memories are many and will never be replaced.
When I came to Washington, I dreamed of winning a championship. I thought I would play the rest of my career in this city, retire a Wizard and one day see my number hanging from the rafters at Verizon Center. I have learned that in basketball, as in life, nothing is guaranteed.
Thank you for the memories. My family and I will treasure them forever. Washington will always hold a special place in my heart.
Caron Butler, Dallas
A completely voluntary and heartfelt gesture from Butler, who went out of his way to leave Wizards fans with one lasting memory of him aside from the misery in Washington this year. It’s rare, to say the least, and though the goodbye isn’t aimed at Maverick fans, it gives them a nice first look at Caron Butler, the man.