MILWAUKEE -- The Jimmy Butler story is amazing, if only because of how close it came to not happening.
From the family struggles of his youth to having to take the junior college route to major college basketball, Butler has always found a way to keep fighting. Now he's fought his way to becoming a major contributor on a Chicago Bulls team destined for a high playoff seed.
It's just all part of the story a story one NBA general manager called one of the most remarkable he's ever seen and one that almost ended in the 2008-09 season at Marquette University. In his first season in Milwaukee after transferring from Tyler Junior College in Texas, Butler was frustrated. Playing sparingly, he wondered if he was cut out for that level of basketball.
"He wanted to leave, I wanted him to leave and I encouraged him to leave," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "Then by this time (that year), I was shaving minutes off this guy, shaving minutes off that guy because he was becoming extremely ha...