Iâ€™ve never met Jimmy Butler, but I'm pretty sure I love him. Love the way he plays and â€“ of course â€“ love that heâ€™s a Marquette guy. Iâ€™d also love to see him, someday, somehow, in a Bucks uniform. Itâ€™s NBA Draft night, so... maybe a trade? A fan can dream, right? Â
I also, as you may know, really like Bill Simmonsâ€™ stuff. His podcasts are great, and Iâ€™m digging The Ringer and his new HBO show "Any Given Wednesday." Iâ€™ve never met Simmons, either, but the guy also seems to love Milwaukee â€“ or at least appreciate our character, sports fandom and what I also like to call our lack of pretense. Heâ€™s a Boston guy, after all. His hometown is another sports crazed city that suffers through snow and cold to seriously celebrate summer.
Anyway, check out this recent Simmonsâ€™ podcast with Jimmy Butler.Â
It was recorded before the Bulls traded Derrick Rose, so some of the talk about his team may seem dated. But more importantly and germane to us here in Milwaukee, it includes several Marquette and Milwaukee mentions. Butler says several times, "I love Milwaukee," and he cites his years at and degree from Marquette University, as well as mentioning that the BMO Harris Bradley Center is his favorite place to play. Simmons also says nice things about Milwaukee, our sports fandom and NBA players from Marquette.
Milwaukee and Marquette coming together on one podcast. I love it. You will, too. Especially if youâ€™re a hoops fan, as Butlerâ€™s one of the best.
And finally, congrats to Jimmy Butler for making the U.S. Olympic team. Let's get gold this summer in Rio. Â Â
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