Triumph Over Tragedy

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Triumph Over Tragedy

For many of us, life has a few ups and downs.  It’s a big rollercoaster ride that leads some of us to a struggle and others to succeed.  For Jimmy Butler, it was a ride that led to redemption.  If you are a sports fan or a big believer in feel good stories, look no further.  The 6 foot 8 swingman from Marquette University truly defines what having a strong character is.

At the age of 13, Butler was thrown out of the after his mother said, “I don’t like the look of you.  You gotta go.”  Facing homelessness at an age where he couldn’t even get a job, he found himself doing the exact opposite of what his friends were doing, just looking for a place to stay for the night.  His focus was on finding food for dinner and a few dollars to get by.  It was these life-learned lessons that he takes with him every time he steps on the basketball court.  Those lessons made him a hard-worker with a ‘never will give up’ attitude that has been missing in sports.  Living in several places all throughout high school, Butler was making a name for himself in Tomball, Texas in the eyes of Division
II college basketball scouts.  This is where he made an impression on Jordan Leslie, local high school two-sport phenom, who after challenging Butler to a 3-point contest, knew that the two had created a bond.  That bond was completed once it became clear to Jordan’s mother, Michelle Lambert realized Butler needed a family and had the responsibility of a role model to her and her husband’s seven children.

Not being ranked in the top 50 of Texas’ recruits, Butler had to settle for playing at Tyler Junior College where he eventually caught
the eyes of many Division I schools, including Kentucky and Clemson before joining Marquette because of “academic reasons.”  He understood that with the road he had traveled, having a “college degree to fall back on” was a must.  Today, less than a week after being drafted number 30 by the Chicago Bulls, a previous unlikely dream of playing in the NBA is on the cusp of becoming a reality.  The very moment that Butler dons number 21, his professional number, the past will be just that and his future could possibly be helping the Bulls return to the NBA finals.  Who knew that determination could turn tragedy into triumph?

Jimmy Butler did.

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  1. NadsBalls, 9 years ago Reply

    This Kid is money. Bulls got a steal!

  2. Rodney Drummond, 9 years ago Reply

    This guys got mad hops. The troubles he went through r gonna make him an even better player in the NBA. The Bulls found themselves a steal fo sho!

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