Caron Butler talks about his UConn days on ‘The Players’ Tribune’

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(WTNH)–People in the media are probably supposed to hate “The Players’ Tribune,” the website started by Derek Jeter that offers extensive stories told by current and former players, straight from their perspective, with no filter.

But man, it’s outstanding.

Caron Butler took to it last month to campaign for Kemba Walker as an NBA All-Star, and on Friday, a terrific article on Butler’s UConn days was published.

Just check out the beginning, and you’re going to want to read more:

The block was buzzing. Everyone wanted to get a glimpse of the visitor coming to town.

Cars were screeching up and down the street outside the Douglas Community Center, the rundown neighborhood gym in my Wisconsin hometown.

El Dorados, Regals, Monte Carlos. Chrome rims, black rims, gold rims.

A crowd was starting to develop. Kids, teachers, hustlers, dealers, moms, dads, policemen — everyone. Our local newspaper, the Racine Journal Times, sent a reporter and photographer. It was crazy. It was like the whole town of Racine was high-fiving.

Jim Calhoun was coming to our neighborhood.

The article goes on to talk about Caron’s challenges at UConn, his decision to turn pro, and

Huskies fans, you’re definitely going to want to give this a read.

Check it out here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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