Monday, May 30th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  13 responses

Dallas Mavericks Dedicating Playoff Run to Caron Butler

The Mavs say they’re playing for the injured Butler, whom despite being a very long shot, head coach Rick Carlisle still hasn’t completely ruled out of returning this season. From ESPN: “The Dallas Mavericks understood that however hard he worked, forward Caron Butler probably would not be joining this team of ring-less veterans on its pursuit of an NBA title. So they dedicated the journey to him. ‘We all said when the playoffs started we wanted to do it for him,’ guard Jason Terry said. ‘And if you ask him, I’m one of the guys that told him, ‘Hey, we’re doing this for you this time, big boy.’ I told you we’d do it and it’s here now.’ … Mavs coach Rick Carlisle reiterated that Butler is a long shot to play during the Finals, but he refuses to shut the door on a possible return. Butler has yet to practice with the team and Carlisle continues to be vague about a potential timeline even though he said Butler’s recovery is well ahead of schedule. Butler was away from the team Saturday to attend to a family situation. He is expected to fly with the team to Miami on Sunday. ‘He gets closer all the time. Really, I don’t want to close the door on it because with him, he’s never a guy you want to bet against,’ Carlisle said. ‘He’s just one of those special guys. He’s a month-and-a-half, two months ahead of the normal rehab schedule for a normal human being. It just shows the kind of work he’s put into it, the sort of single-minded compulsiveness of his approach and how diligent he’s been. It’s been an inspiration to have him around. I just don’t think it’s the right thing to close the door even though I think it’s unlikely [he'll play].’”

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    Do it for the Butler!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Letting him play in the finals would be dumb I think, he’ll be rusty as shiiiiii.

  • Kas

    Straight out of FC Barcelonas book

  • ezra

    they are making it seem like he cant play so that if the series starts to slip away he can come in and inspire the team to come back. its the willis reed syndrome

  • fruizm

    @Kas…..I know what youre talking about!…….by the way, Jason Terry has been talking a little too much lately….about everything!

  • MikeC.

    @fruizm – JET talks like this all the time. It’s just that people are paying attention now because his team is still playing, which has been rare for the Mavs.

  • pazini

    and if they win he’ll be the guy to hold up the trophy like Abidal.

  • MikeC.

    If Butler does come back, it should be made very clear to him that he’s going to be camped out on the bench, firmly swaddled in his warmups. Carlisle should call up SVG and ask what bringing Jameer back for the Finals did to Magic team chemistry against LA.

  • matt

    @Kas-don’t u know their team is called FC Bandwagoners

  • phamie

    If I’m butler, I’m going to play even just a minute. Just for me to taste how 2 play in the finals knowing that it is really hard to get there.

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    correct phamie well said!!!!!!!!

  • Tupack Shackur

    I love how it’s Jason Terry saying this… Dirk and Kidd are like, “Um, playing for a RING is enough motivation…Caron who?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @ Phamie
    And make a hard foul on DWade or Bron.