- The Washington Times - Friday, March 3, 2006

Wizards report

Last night at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia:

SEEN AND HEARD

Before the game, Wizards forward Caron Butler spent a good portion of his day talking to troubled youth at Youth Study Center in Philadelphia.

Butler, who was incarcerated at 14 for possession of a gun and cocaine, was contacted by Philadelphia Sheriff John Green, who saw his story of redemption on the Oprah Winfrey show last year. Wizards director of team services Jack Miles, a longtime sheriff’s officer here, put the two together and set up the meeting.

“He just thought my story was real inspiring,” said Butler, who was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff. “I thought it went real well.”

Butler said if he had a professional athlete show interest in him when he was growing up he might never have had his problems with the law.

“The Urban League used to come and talk to us. I heard what they were saying but I didn’t really feel them because they hadn’t gone through what I was going through,” Butler said. “For the youth, seeing is believing. I think them seeing me today probably uplifted a lot of their spirits and gave them a little hope.”

KEY TO THE GAME

Allen Iverson was unstopable, finishing with 47 points and 12 assists.

KEY NUMBER

3

Straight games coach Eddie Jordan has been denied his 100th win with the Wizards.

John N. Mitchell

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