And Caron Butler Doesn’t Even Own a Skateboard

The name of Caron Butler’s new blog at NBA.com is called THE REAL JUICE. He came up with the name after breaking an addiction that had seemingly taken over his life:

Caron Butler Addicted to Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew.

To try and give this up was CRAZY for me! I was going through withdrawals. I was in the bed sweating. My wife would turn over in the bed and ask “Are you OK?”. Honestly, those first two weeks without The Dew was the roughest two weeks of my life. I’m talking headaches, sweats and everything. Before that I drank at least six 12 ounce Mountain Dews a day.

So why did Butler give it up in the first place?

It was making him fat.

I lost 11 pounds this summer by giving up Mountain Dew. That’s right Mountain Dew. A lot of people don’t know I’m a Mountain Dew addict so I guess this is my confession.

I never thought a soft drink could make a dude go Leaving Las Vegas on us, but Butler sounds like he was headed in that direction:

It was so bad at one point that I had to have a cold one right there at the night stand before I went to bed. I had to get the coasters and let it drip a lil’ bit and just have it waiting on me. Come 2 a.m.., I’d wake up out of my sleep, I’d pop one open and hear the fizz sound…and just down it! Then I always had to have another one in the morning when I woke up. Before practice I had one too and before games I would knock back two.

What I find most interesting about life is that the seemingly smallest decision we make, even down to a soft drink, can have a perilous effect on our ability to succeed in the big picture.

When we think of serious addictions, we automatically reference booze and drugs, but what we’ve learned over time now is that addiction to seemingly harmless pastimes can cost a person his career. Steve Phillips is the latest example. Sex is a pleasurable sidelight for most people, not the obsession that it had obviously become for Phillips. And he threw away everything for it. And I do mean everything.

Amazing when you consider that most of us would consider a Mountain Dew bottle more attractive than Brooke Hundley.