Butler watched, learned from Bryant

Updated: February 24, 2010, 5:23 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Caron Butler will be going toe to toe Wednesday night with Kobe Bryant, whom the new Dallas Mavericks guard credits with helping make him an All-Star.

Butler played the 2004-05 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he firmly believes that the lessons he learned from Bryant while there played a major role in his development.

"That was the best thing that ever could have happened for me personally for my career," said Butler, who joined the Mavericks as ...

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