HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors

August 30, 2013 Updates
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"I’m excited [about the upcoming season]. I think going forward we really have a great opportunity to put ourselves among the elite teams in the game," Pippen said. "With the emergence of Jimmy Butler—I’ve seen him in the gym this summer—I know that kid is really preparing himself to be a better player. CSN Chicago

August 2, 2013 Updates

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported last week that the Bulls and Heat are expected to face off against each other in the season opener on Oct. 29. Bulls third-year guard Jimmy Butler says he and his teammates will not be looking forward to seeing LeBron James and Co. get their championship rings. "I don't think anybody wants to watch that on our team so we won't pay too much attention to it," Butler said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "They deserved it. They won a championship, definitely, but they got to deal with the Chicago Bulls for 48 minutes coming out right after that, they get their rings." ESPN.com

July 23, 2013 Updates

Jimmy Butler earned praise for his performance against LeBron James and the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 NBA playoffs, but the second-year Chicago Bulls guard got the wrong kind of attention Tuesday. Butler issued an apology on his Twitter account (@mr_2eight1) after a photo circulated on the Internet showing him wearing a T-shirt with profane lyrics from a song by rapper Lil' Wayne. "In regards to the picture that is circulating ... It was early last year and the shirt simply matched my shoes," Butler tweeted. "In no way do I support the message written on the shirt. I sincerely apologize to any of my fans who may have been offended. Much love, JB." Chicago Tribune

June 24, 2013 Updates

After the emergence of swingman Jimmy Butler during the playoffs last season, Deng is perhaps more expendable but unlikely to join John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington. The Wizards have had discussions with several teams but the team still intends to make a selection Thursday, according to another league source. Washington Post

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Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed one certainty: Jimmy Butler will be starting next season. "I don't see why not," Thibodeau said Friday. "The way he played this year, he earned that spot. He has great versatility. He became much more confident and competent — running pick-and-rolls, catch-and-shoot, putting it on the floor, posting up. His improvement offensively was tremendous. And his defense has gotten better and better, and will continue to improve." Chicago Tribune

May 7, 2013 Updates

Jimmy Butler registered 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory. "This is just one game. We have to play a lot better in our next one," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. Chicago Tribune

May 2, 2013 Updates
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‘‘Nate — he’s the key to this team,’’ Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler said of Nate Robinson, his effusive and explosive teammate. ‘‘The offense that he brings, the way he can easily shift the momentum of the game. That’s big on any team, and Nate’s done that for us.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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“It’s great to see him smiling, running around with the team, man,” second-year swingman Jimmy Butler said. “Because he’s a leader and leaders don’t only lead when they’re on the court. They want to be around the guys off the court.” NBA.com

November 21, 2012 Updates

Butler’s family background has been well-documented since the Bulls drafted the guard/forward out of Marquette with the 30th overall pick in 2011. Told by his mother, ‘‘I don’t like the look of you — you gotta go,’’ Butler was on his own at age 13, borrowing a bed, a room, a pillow from different friends until befriending Jordan Leslie the summer before his senior year of high school. Leslie’s mother, Michelle Lambert, noticed the way Butler interacted with the rest of the family and knew the youngster needed a break. Chicago Sun-Times

They gave him one, making him a part of their family. They’re the only family he knows now — maybe the only one he really ever knew. ‘‘It means a lot to me to be here this week, definitely so,’’ Butler said Tuesday as the Bulls prepared to face the Houston Rockets. ‘‘That’s all part of my past. It is what it is. It’s been talked about, written about, but, yeah, when I come home, I feel like I’m the person I am today because of everything I went through. I don’t blame anybody — I’m past all that. I am who I am and I love the person that I am, but it definitely means a lot to come back here and play in Houston, which is only 25 minutes or so from Tomball, see my people.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

November 8, 2012 Updates

He hails from Tomball, Texas, a small town of about 11,000 people that's 34 miles north of Houston. Given that proximity, one might think Butler would have big- city tendencies. But it turns out Butler calls dinner "supper" and has an affinity for country music and cowboy boots. In fact, his boot collection is similar to most basketball players' sneaker stashes. "I feel like it's my own thing," Butler said. "It's not my way of being different; I just want my own style. Not too many people do it. I'm from Tomball, a small town—it's country. But that's where I'm from and I like wearing cowboy boots. My teammates get a kick out of it, but it's just like wearing Adidas, like wearing Jordans or wearing Nikes." Red Eye Chicago

His teammates certainly enjoy teasing him about it. "You know, I guess that's that Texas swag," said Joakim Noah, a New York native. "I mean, I've never met a black man that wore cowboy boots like that before." Taj Gibson, another native New Yorker, was even less diplomatic. "It's terrible, just terrible," Gibson said. "But that's his swag so I'm gonna roll with him. But it's not me at all." Red Eye Chicago

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