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JIMMY BUTLER’S THORNY ROAD TO GLORY

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You've probably heard of NBA stars declaring bankruptcy and becoming homeless. However, this story is a bit different and in reverse order. It's about Jimmy Butler and his inspirational road to glory — from homeless to NBA Allstar.

Jimmy G. Buckets was raised in a small town outside of Houston. He didn't have a father growing up and if you haven't heard this story before, you are probably thinking the next thing will be about his mother helping him become the man he is today. She did, in a way, but not the way you think she did.

When he was just 13 years old, Jimmy's mother literally kicked him out of the house saying “I don’t like the look of you. You gotta go.”

Then for years, Butler bounced around from the homes of friends until his senior year when the mother of one of his friends took him in and made him a part of her family — a family that already had seven kids in it.

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“They accepted me into their family, and it wasn’t because of basketball,” said Butler about Michelle Lambert and her family. “She was just very loving. She just did stuff like that. I couldn’t believe it.”

Butler averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in his one season at Tyler Junior College. That was enough for him to catch the eye of then-Marquette coach Buzz Williams. Jimmy had a hard time at Marquette, not starting a game in his entire sophomore year. Getting minutes was Butler's goal, not making the NBA.

Butler proved himself once again and progressed at Marquette. After averaging 5.6 points his sophomore year, Butler bumped those figures to 14.7 and 15.7 points in his junior and senior seasons. Suddenly, Jimmy was on NBA radars. Forman grabbed him with the Bulls' first-round pick (30th overall). And the rest is history.

It's amazing to see Jimmy Butler's basketball evolution. Today, he is a 4-time NBA All-Star, currently leading the Timberwolves to a 4th seed in the West. The Wolves' have a very and young and talented team. Who knows, they might even surprise one of the stronger contenders in the Playoffs this year.

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