Jimmy Butler has a companion with him on the road this season.
Since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, the Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman has packed a football with him on trips. The football, given to him by Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown, has made appearances in NBA arenas and practice facilities all across the country and is sure to be seen on the Bulls’ current six-game road trip, which Authentic Bilal Powell Jersey starts in Portland on Tuesday night and ends in Philadelphia on Nov. 25. For a team that struggled with unity last season, the football has become a symbol of what the Bulls hope will be a more cohesive group this season.
Butler, who also has a close friendship with Denver Broncos star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, has built up his ideal football roster from within his Bulls squad. He believes Isaiah Canaan could be a “stocky corner” and he likes the arm Hoiberg has shown, but his starting point guard has made the biggest impression on Butler to date.
“I will say I think [Rajon] Rondo has the best arm Authentic Brandon Marshall Jersey on the team,” Butler said. “I got the best hands, by far. So me and Rondo got to work on my snowbirding and his leak out. So, it’s fun.”
Like Butler, Rondo — who played quarterback at Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky — believes he can play on the gridiron.
“If we play flag football, I’m definitely starting at quarterback,” Rondo said.
In trying to mature as a leader this season, Butler is helping his team grow closer with a simple gesture. His friends also have more belief in Butler’s football game than he does.
“I think he’s got what it takes to be a receiver,” Brown said. “I don’t know if he’s willing to get hit a lot. But he loves the game of football. He could do it if he wants.”
So you’ll have to excuse the veteran forward and many Bulls staffers if they couldn’t quite believe what they witnessed Tuesday night. It wasn’t just that the Bulls destroyed the Blazers from beginning to end, a 113-88 domination, it was the ease with which it occurred.
The fact that the Bulls were the ones setting the tone against a team that has owned them in this venue over the seasons was made even more impressive by the fact that Fred Hoiberg’s team was playing without Rajon Rondo (left ankle), Doug McDermott (concussion protocol) and Michael Carter-Williams (knee/wrist). The Bulls out-hustled the Blazers throughout the night and were able to continue riding the hot hand of Jimmy Butler.