Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA

Available October 7, 2015, Caron Butler's autobiography Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA will be available on Amazon.

A twelve-year NBA veteran, Caron Butler has some impressive basketball credentials. He was Big East Co-Player of the Year at UConn, 10th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, and a key player for the Dallas Mavericks in their championship winning season in 2011.

But it’s how he got there that makes Caron Butler’s story remarkable: a gang member and drug dealer in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, before he reached his teens, he saw friends gunned down in the bloody streets near his home, was arrested 13 times and wound up behind bars and in solitary confinement before his 15th birthday.

Tuff Juice shares Caron Butler’s extraordinary journey from the streets of Racine to his role as an accomplished pro basketball player, dedicated husband and father, active philanthropist and burgeoning businessman. Along the way, the book explores the huge impact his single mother’s unconditional love and his college coach’s support had on him, and what drives him to be so successful in basketball and in life. Like The Blind Side, it’s a gripping narrative filled with hubris, dangerous obstacles and heartwarming moments that transcend sports and speak to perseverance, hope and the triumph of the human spirit.