Caron Butler: LOS Classic



This week’s LOS CLASSIC goes back to the NBA Bubble in 2020 with NBA Champion and two-time All-Star, Caron Butler!  Currently an assistant coach with the Miami Heat, Caron has found success off the court as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist and best-selling author.

Hear Andy & Caron discuss his book, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA (which is being produced as a film by Mark Wahlberg), his first-hand involvement in social justice issues, the importance of mentorship, his love & memories for his close friend Kobe Bryant, as well as his daughter Gia’s fight with diabetes. Caron shares intimate stories from his relationship with the late Kobe Bryant, how their bond strengthened over time, and why Kobe called Caron one of his favorite teammates of all time. Andy & Caron also discuss his time at UConn, being drafted by Pat Riley, the state of the Lakers-Clippers rivalry, his experience playing for both LA teams, action in the bubble, and so much more! Original Release Date: August 25, 2020.

Other Topics Discussed in this Episode:

4:40      What must happen before real change and racial justice can be achieved

10:52    The importance of mentorship and mentors in Caron’s life, from Kobe to former coaches to family members

15:00    Finding inspiration and motivation in Pat Riley’s handwritten letters

19:07    Caron’s memories of his “brother” Kobe, including early morning workouts, competitive 1-on-1 games after practice, hanging out together on road trips, a backyard BBQ at his mom’s house and a trash-talking text message that backfired

27:45    Caron’s experience playing for the Lakers and Clippers

31:10    Caron shares his daughter Gia’s experience living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure

33:49     2020 NBA Bubble in Orlando

37:23     Caron adds children’s book author to his resume (the first release of a 2 book series, Shot Clock)

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