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True or not, rumors can ruin draft night

When a rumor spins out of control, it often means a player's freefall in the draft. Just ask Caron Butler or Qyntel Woods.

Originally Published: June 8, 2002
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

Caron Butler has been through it all. Every step in his life has been hard. Draft night was no different.

Butler's stock began to plummet Tuesday afternoon when NBA general managers began hearing there might be a serious problem with Butler's knee. The rumor was that Butler had been shot in the kneecap when he was 6 years old. Would the effects linger? Was there something seriously wrong with his knee? Teams clearly were worried, and Butler's status as perhaps the best player in the draft ...

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