Here you have a really dope story of triumph. This young man was kicked out of his house and homeless at the age of 13. After bouncing around different friends’ homes, he was finally taken in by the Lambert Family (mother pictured above). Fast forward about eight years and he gets drafted by the Chicago Bulls.
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 out at some point. It just had to get 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 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 said he can become a guy who stretches defenses and vowed to extend the range on his jumper after going 36 of 94 over his three seasons with Marquette. He believes he can play shooting guard in the NBA.
“I will be able to play that because I don’t think you understand how much time I’m going to spend in this gym to where I can stay at this level, and I want to stay at this level for a long time,” he said. “In order to do that, I’ve got to get better at every aspect of my game _ not just shooting.”
Well, to the Mom that kicked him out … it burns don’t it? Congratulations to this young man and his family! Can’t wait to see how he and Rose will fare together next season!