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Jimmy Butler’s teammates not fans of his pregame Taylor Swift jams


Jimmy Butler, out with an elbow injury for the next handful of weeks, is among the Chicago Bulls’ wounded along with Derrick Rose. While the dynamic point guard could pass time during recovery from knee surgery by paying a visit to the shrine erected in Chi-Town in his honor, Butler took part in an interview with Pro Basketball Talk during which his somewhat surprising musical tastes were addressed.

Butler is a self-professed country music fan, specifically the sweet jams of one Taylor Swift, who of course reigned supreme on the country charts before transitioning over to Top 40 with her latest album.

The Bulls shooting guard told PBT that despite the fact that his choice of music differs greatly from his teammates, he nevertheless every once in awhile gets to select the tunes for pregame warmups.

Suffice to say, his Bulls teammates aren’t huge fans of his picks … as they often include a heavy dose of Swift. And Butler has no problem owning up to his love of the crossover superstar.

“I like Taylor Swift,” Butler said. “I like music as a whole, but her music is kinda catchy. I’m sure she’ll hear this interview now and be like ‘what’s going on?’”

Perhaps so. Swift is a big basketball fan herself and has been spotted in celebrity row at Madison Square Garden attending New York Knicks games. She even counts former Knick Amar’e Stoudemire among her pals.

Even though Butler admitted he loves Taylor Swift’s music, it’s not safe to pigeonhole him as it relates to music.

“I like country music. I listen to a little hip-hop,” Butler said. “But I try to listen to people I’ve gained relationships with over the years, so whether it’s Ludacris or Lee Brice or Jason Aldean, whoever it is I try to support them just like they support me.”

This isn’t the first time Butler has been so open regarding his admiration of Swift. Earlier this season, he even offered himself up as a potential dating candidate for the pop star.

“If you want to date someone, come to Chicago and date yours truly,” Butler said in December.

Who knows? Stranger things have happened. And given his apparent crush on Swift and her appreciation of the NBA, perhaps the two could be the next celebrity supercouple, rivaling the star power of the Lakers’ Nick Young and Iggy Azalea. Now that would be a double date.