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Report: Butler says dinner cleared the air

Newcomer Caron Butler attended a dinner this summer in Las Vegas, which included many of the the Sacramento Kings players and head coach George Karl. Butler says the dinner cleared the air for many issues, which will help the team be successful this season, as part of the meal dealt with accountability.

“We just talked about laying a foundation about how we want to move forward,” Butler told Sirius Satellite Radio on Monday, according to The Sacramento Bee. “And guys said all the right things and kind of aired out some issues that they had. And the participation in the voluntary workouts, we’ve been getting to know each other. I feel like it’s going to be a really good year for us and guys are just buying into winning and that’s what we need.”

Butler, a 13-year NBA veteran, signed with the Kings in July and he will provide depth off the bench at small forward. Butler believes a successful season comes down to the players and not Karl, who came under fire last season as he was not getting along with center DeMarcus Cousins.

“We’ve got a (future) Hall of Fame coach but there’s only so much a coach can do,” Butler said. “Us as players have got to police our locker room and police the situation as much as possible to challenge each other and make each other better. Each one teach one, that’s the way we go about it. If we see one not doing the right thing we’ve got to talk about it because we’re men and the results affect all of us. So we’ve got to rally together and make each other better.”