Caron Butler on his status: “I am trying to get back out there.  I am going to wait until next week to start participating in practices, and I am going to play it by ear.  My body is going to determine whether I am able to play or not.”

Butler on the team’s performance without him: “Overall, I am really proud of the team and how they have stepped up in the last couple of weeks.  Somehow, someway, no matter what we have been hit with, guys have been stepping up and coming up with wins.”

Butler on his injury: “It’s amazing how an injury can put a halt to what you are doing.  I have been unfortunate the last couple of years.  I have been hit with the injury bug in the second half of the season.  This is one of those things that I am pretty sure I can bounce back from.  The medical staff feels the same way, and I feel great about that.”

Butler on his return: “The best way to do it is to come back 100%, so that is what I am waiting on and we will see how it works.  I am walking and I am feeling better.  Jogging around…I can do that with no discomfort.  Leg lifts with weight…I can do that with no discomfort.  And rest does a body good.  I am very confident that I will be back on the court, sooner rather than later.”

Butler on avoiding surgery: “That (surgery) will be the very last option for us.  I would have to play and get pulled out again, and play through more pain…and all sorts of things before it would even be an option.”

Butler on if he has a timetable for his return: “No, that is the beautiful thing about the medical staff here, Ernie (Grunfeld) and the coaching staff.  We talked and we are not going to make a timetable.  I am just going to go with my body and how it feels.”