James, who picked Carolina to win, said he had “heard” about what Newton did following the Panthers’ 24-10 loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50 – offering short, terse answers before and walking away after one of the questions. “I know it’s very difficult to play in one of the biggest games of your life and come out on the wrong side of it and then have to automatically answer questions,” James said after shootaround, ahead of tonight’s game against Sacramento. “And we also know as professionals that’s part of the business. We also know that you guys are part of the reason that help the game (become) as great as it is.
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NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler was offered a ticket to watch his friend, Demaryius Thomas, and his beloved Denver Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The NBA schedule, though, provided a different plan. “I can’t go, man. I have to worry about the Bulls winning games,” Butler told Yahoo Sports recently. “I got to do what I have to do to help this team win. I am disappointed. We have the day off, but I’d have a lot of travel to get to the Super Bowl.
Butler said he met Thomas at the ESPY Awards a couple years ago. Butler, whose mom abandoned him at age 13, reached out to Thomas on Twitter in November 2014 after reading a story about Thomas’ difficult childhood, which included his mother and grandmother going to prison. “I just touched base when I found out a little bit about his background, him being from the country and, obviously, his mom’s situation,” Butler told Yahoo Sports. “We kind of just bonded. All the obstacles he’s been through and how hard he’s worked to get to where he is, I really respect that. It builds character.