The NBA Finals are in full swing as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat look to tie the series up against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night after going 1-2 in the first three games.
Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is known for being a character on and off the court and definitely walks to the beat of his own drum. For example, during his time in the NBA Bubble in Orlando, FL, Butler created his own coffee company named Big Face Coffee, which he sells to other NBA players and personnel. Recently, the All-Star even trademarked the brand.
According to the menu outside Butler’s Walt Disney World hotel room, Butler offers a latte, a cappuccino, a macchiato, and more. Even a small cup of his coffee goes for a pricey $20.
“You can’t get coffee nowhere here,” Butler explained in an interview. “So I might bump it up to 30 bucks a cup. People here can afford it.”
However, the enigma that is Jimmy Butler does not stop with his newest venture Big Face Coffee. In fact, there is no one quite like Jimmy Butler. His former teammates and coaches at Marquette University can attest to just that.
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An article from The Athletic spoke to former college teammates and coaches about Jimmy being Jimmy. One of the peculiar aspects of Butler in college included his fandom of the Disney channel show “Hannah Montana” starring Miley Cyrus.
Marquette guard Maurice Acker touched on Butler’s obsession with the TV show.
“He bought a little kid “Hannah Montana” backpack. It was a pink bag with Miley Cyrus on there. Her face,” Acker remembered of Butler. “It was probably for a teenager. It was small. He wore it around every day. That’s what’s he carried his books in to class. He was a big fan. Always watched the show.”
Another guard on the team Junior Cadougan also spoke about Butler’s eclectic outfit choices.
“One day he’ll be wearing a pink bunny onesie, and the next day he’ll be wearing cowboy boots with a cowboy hat,” explained Cadougan. “He’d wear the bunny suit all day — to class, to practice. The next day he’d wear his skateboarding gear to class and practice.”
Their teammate, guard Dwight Buycks, backed up Cadougan’s account of Butler’s love for cowboy-related apparel.
“I have a video of Jimmy our junior year,” Buycks says. “We had computer lab in our dorms and we had to finish a paper for our class, and this man had on cowboy boots, a cowboy hat on, tight bluejeans — Wranglers — and a long sleeve white button-up and his boots on. I bet him he wouldn’t wear it all day on campus. He wore it all day on campus.”
Yet, Butler comes by it honestly. He was born in Houston, TX, raised in the suburbs of Tomball, TX, and originally played college ball at a community college in Tyler, TX before accepting a scholarship to play at Marquette.
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Marquette forward Joe Fulce spoke about Butler’s love for country music and the fact that he knew his teammates weren’t a fan. However, Butler would just use that to get under their skin.
“He loved country music. It was the weirdest thing ever. He’d start singing his country and then he would bait you into asking him, ‘What are you listening to?'” Fulce recalled.
Fulce then went on to tell a story of Butler that obviously still gets on his nerves to this day.
“Jimmy pissed me off one time with his country music,” Fulce said. “We got in some trouble and had to do a punishment workout and Buzz made me and him unrack all the weights. We had to unrack, then we had to spray down everything, disinfect, wipe it down and then rerack it.”
“While we did that, the whole time Kenny Chesney is playing,” Fulce continued. “Out of every one they could play, they play Kenny Chesney, and he knows every damn song. The whole time, from 4 a.m. to 11 in the morning, we’re listening to Jimmy Butler featuring Kenny Chesney, because I can’t even hear Kenny Chesney because (Butler) wants to sing the whole damn time.”
Another issue is, according to Acker, Butler can’t carry a tune to save his life.
“He always talked about being a singer,” Acker explained. “He thinks he can sing, but he’s terrible.”
While Butler may not be signing to any country record labels anytime soon, he is well established on NBA courts. Butler is the catalyst of a Miami Heat team that not many basketball analysts picked to reach the NBA Finals, but he continues to shock fans and pundits alike. His former Marquette teammates are not as surprised.
“He was able to compile it together and be a completely different person on the court,” Fulce said of Butler.
The Heat take on the Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.
[H/T The Athletic]