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Speaking of people who have been there since Day 1, what kind of impact has Derrick Rose made on you? Jimmy Butler: Derrick is one of the better people that I've come to know because, if you look at what he does in this community — and I'm not even talking about the basketball aspect of it, we all know how great of a basketball player he is, but what he does for the city of Chicago, the passion that he has for kids — I think that is what really shows you who he is. You see him on the billboards and on the commercials, but you take that away from him, he's still a person like everybody else on our roster. And that's what I get from him the most, how much he cares about people other than himself, man. What else can you want in a point guard? I call him my brother. What else can you want in a brother? CBSSports.com

Scottie Pippen said he sees your career as being very similar to his because you were both doubted and had to work for everything. What's it like to hear that, and have you had the chance to pick his brain in Chicago? Jimmy Butler: It means a lot coming from a guy like Scottie because you see what he's done for this league, this city, this community. A Hall of Famer, all of that. As far as picking his brain, I ask Scottie a lot of questions and he's always honest. Brutally honest, however you want to put it. He's never lied to me a day and he's always told me how good I can be and how much potential that he sees. I have a lot of respect for him and I thank him all the time for that. CBSSports.com

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The Chicago Bulls announced today that an MRI of Jimmy Butler confirmed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. It is estimated that Butler may be out three to six weeks. On the year, Butler has appeared in 55 games (all starts) and averaged a team-high 20.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.73 spg (ninth in the NBA) and 0.58 bpg in 38.9 mpg (first in the NBA). NBA.com

Jimmy Butler will miss an extended period of time and be evaluated on a week-to-week basis after Monday's MRI exam confirmed a sprained left elbow, league sources said. Butler suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Clippers when he ran into a DeAndre Jordan screen in the third quarter. He didn't return. Chicago Tribune

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Butler's offensive emergence and defensive consistency have helped Chicago reach the top of the Central Division standings, despite injuries to Rose and Joakim Noah. But Butler's progress will almost certainly cost the Bulls a small fortune. Last fall they offered a contract worth more than $40 million over four years. Butler says a deal was "really close," but he chose to bet on himself instead. Next summer he's likely to weigh offers of $70 million over four years as a restricted free agent, though executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson has vowed to match them. "In terms of being a two-way player," says Thibodeau, "he's as good as it gets." Sports Illustrated

On the court, Butler admits, he compensated for feelings of inadequacy with an "ego problem." Envisioning himself as the next Tracy McGrady, the Rockets' star he idolized, Butler would brag to teammates that he could score 40 points on Derrick Rose, if the top player in the 2007 high school class would only dare come to Texas. But despite earning All-District honors as a senior, Butler failed to make real noise in Houston's AAU scene and received no Division I offers. "I was never good enough," he says, shaking his head. "It was always me against the world. I thought like that for so long." Sports Illustrated

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