CARON Butler is living proof that education doesn't end after graduation in college.
After ending his 14-year NBA career in 2016, Butler remained determined to learn new things outside of basketball.
In an interview with reporters during his visit at the NBA Store at the Trinoma Mall on Thursday, the 37-year-old Butler said he is enrolled at the Harvard Business School, a rare move from most retired NBA players.
"I've been busy doing case studies and enrolling in a semester at University of Harvard. Coming out and using my platform to inspire and tell the story of the game of basketball from my eyes and what I've seen," said the University of Connecticut alumnus, who won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
His willingness to learn, however, has been endless and extended beyond the basketball court. He even went to the Syracuse Broadcasting School as he prepared for life in the broadcasting field, where the NBA veteran already made appearances on ESPN and TNT.
Butler, who authored a book called 'Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA,' said he has been prepared for life after basketball after taking education programs that the NBA organizes during the offseason.
"Transition has been relatively good and it's a seamless transition because it's something that I prepared for. It's not like my career ended last year and I just tried to make it happen. It is something that has been a process,” he said.
"Going into the Syracuse Broadcasting School, I've been there. For the last two years, I've been enrolling in programs, leadership programs provided by the NBA, spent summers in this programs," said Butler, who also played for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, and the Sacramento Kings.
"You will see a lot of me in this side of field," he added, referring to the world of media.
Being a broadcaster has also kept him in touch with the game he loves. He sees former teammate Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder as one of the toughest players in the NBA today.
"He is relentless, he plays aggressive, and plays at an unbelievable pace," said Butler, who also mentioned Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, LeBron James, and John Wall as the toughest players in the league.