NBA Finals: Former Wizard Gives His Two Cents on Heat v OKC

Caron Butler Talks NBA Finals and Fatherhood

As the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma Thunder gets underway, former Wizard (one-half of the now defunct Washington Wizards 'Big 3') Caron Butler dishes on the series, and also talks fatherhood ahead of this weekend's Father's Day celebration.

Although his hope was to contend for back-to-back NBA Championships, Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Caron Butler is participating in his own championship season, that of being an exemplary father and spending much needed quality time with his family.
Caron Butler and wife Andrea with family.
Fam First

"It would have been great if we had made it to the Finals but my family comes first always," said Butler, who returned to his hometown of Racine, Wis. immediately following the Clippers season-ending play-off run.

Butler has his hands full, keeping one eye on NBA Finals and the other eye on his three daughters under the age of eight with (Mia, Ava and Gia), as well as a daughter and son from previous relationships (Camary and Caron Jr.). The Butler clan has traveled right alongside their father as he was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Dallas Mavericks to the Los Angeles Clippers within the last three years. After Butler was traded from the Wizards in the 2009-2010 NBA Season, a pregnant Andrea moved with their eldest daughter Mia to Dallas and their second daughter Ava was born on Father's Day 2010. After being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers this past December, Andrea, who was pregnant once again, moved the girls to the City of Angels. Finally, just after the New Year, they had their third daughter Gia, completing their brood.
"I learn something from my kids every day," said Butler. "Having four girls can definitely be a challenge, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I always say 'family first' and it is a motto that I live by. Without my family, I wouldn't be who I am on and off the court and Father's Day is a reminder of that love and support."

Heat vs. OKC

The Butler family is currently making Father's Day plans for this Sunday, but they will certainly make time to watch Game 3 of the NBA Finals too.
"I am not rooting for one team or the other, but I do think Miami will win it all," said Butler.
"This is Lebron and D (Dwayne) Wade's time. It is a big stage for them once again and they have to make plays to get over this hump. Kevin Durant is going for the home run with the scoring title and now wanting the championship. Russell Westbrook has matured so much."
Butler averaged 8.6 points, 3 boards, and one assist per game this season with the LA Clippers.