Even in the NBA — where many players have overcome intense hardship to become millionaire professional athletes — Caron Butler’s story stands apart

He became a coke dealer at 11. He became a father at 14. He was arrested numerous times as a teenager. He faced a long sentence after a drug bust when he was 17. Only a police officer’s judgement call spared him a fate that would have derailed his basketball career forever

Now — finally — the 35-year-old, two-time All Star and 2011 NBA champion wants to tell the world his story

Partly, this is because Butler finally feels comfortable. He’s also among the league’s most respected veterans now, and he’s seen all too often how young people from tough backgrounds — even his millionaire teammates — can struggle to shed the demons and burdens of their past Read more…

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Caron Butler’s inspiring road ‘from the streets to the NBA’