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June 25, 2011

Bulls’ Butler Goes From Homeless To First Round Pick

Chicago Associated Press

Jimmy Butler

Homeless for a while as a teen, Butler’s remarkable story took another turn.

There was a time when Jimmy Butler didn’t have a home. Considering he now has one in the NBA, he sure has come a long way.

Homeless for a while as a teen, Butler’s remarkable story took another turn when the Bulls selected the Marquette forward with the 30th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

“I never really talked about it,” Butler said. “I always kept it inside, tried to keep it a secret, but I knew it had to get it out at some point. It just had to get it out now. I’m glad I got it out, to tell you the truth, because I’ve been holding that in for a very, very long time. Everybody was inspired by it.”

“That’s just me, that’s my story,” he continued. “This is my family, and I wouldn’t change anything for the world.”

Butler got kicked out of his house by his mother when he was 13, in Tomball, Texas. His father out of his life since he was a baby. He had no money and nowhere to go, really.

He’d stay with friends for a few weeks and then move on to another one, looking for some place – any place – to stay. He finally settled in with the Lambert family, became a star at Tomball High and went on to Tyler Junior College before spending the past three seasons at Marquette, starting each year.

Now, he’s making another big move.

“Each time we met with him, he really kind of blew us away,” general manager Gar Forman said. “We really feel he’ll be a fit in the locker room, he’ll be a fit with the culture of this team. We think he’ll fit on the floor, and we were ecstatic Jimmy was still there when we were picking 30th.”

Butler was one of two first-round picks by the Bulls, but he’s the only one that will wear a Chicago uniform for now.

 

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