The Milwaukee Bucks introduced small forward Caron Butler as an official member of the team at Racine Park High School, where the veteran used to play high school ball. There is no question Butler’s emotional return to Milwaukee is a sign of good things to come for the Bucks.
“I’m a little emotional definitely,” Butler said at his introductory press conference, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Y’all see me crying at press conferences and at other things all the time – draft night – but it’s a different emotion now because this is a dream come true. This is something that I always dreamed about, thought about. I never thought it would happen. So it’s special. Thank you.”
The organization knew they needed a talented small forward with plenty of veteran experience if the team was to compete right away. With Carlos Delfino, another small forward the Bucks also signed this offseason, dealing with a severe ankle injury, Milwaukee knew they needed someone immediately. The team could not have asked for a better player in Butler, considering the circumstances.
“We talked about needing veteran players who can help us,” general manager John Hammond said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “A veteran player who can mentor, a veteran player who can help lead the young guys, and we know Caron can do that. But make no mistake. He is here for a lot more than that. We need him on the floor. We project him to be our starting small forward. We project him to play a lot of minutes for our team. We project him to help us win games.”
Butler is excited about playing for the Bucks because he grew up in Racine, Wis. However, he is also thrilled about the opportunity to help the younger players learn the game the proper way. He will get a great chance to perform on the court and teach at the same time, something he would not have gotten anywhere else in the league. One thing is for certain, Butler demands success from the players around him.