Did Jimmy Butler wear T-Wolves jersey underneath suit on bench?
Jimmy Butler addressed the media for the first time Sunday since undergoing surgery on Feb. 25 to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee.
It quickly became evident from his comments that the Minnesota Timbewolves star cannot wait for his return to NBA action. And a recent anecdote about what Butler did during his first appearance on the Timberwolves’ bench since suffering the injury makes that notion all the more obvious.
Butler on Sunday expressed optimism about potentially returning before the end of the regular season, which arrives for the Wolves with an April 11 tilt with the Denver Nuggets. With the timetable for Butler’s return originally set for four-to-six weeks, it’s an arguably realistic goal for Butler, who is itching to get back on the court, to set.
“Not being able to play, not being able to compete with those guys, knowing the practices, the film sessions that they have to go through — I want to be a part of that,” Butler said, via the Star Tribune.
And then there’s this nugget about Butler from Sunday’s 129-120 loss to the Houston Rockets, courtesy of The New York Times’ Marc Stein.
There's only one @JimmyButler (Exhibit Infinity): Butler sat on the Wolves' bench last night for the first time since his recent injury and word is he wore a distinctly Jimmy item under his blazer and t-shirt … his game jersey
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 19, 2018
It’s unknown how often injured NBA players don their jerseys underneath more formal attire while seated on the bench, but the case can be made that few, if any, do. The fact that Butler chose to do so exemplifies how he is among the most ultra-competitive players in the NBA.
“I feel great, I feel stronger,” Butler said. “I weighted in at like 240 pounds the other day, which is crazy, but that’s because I’ve been eating and doing all upper-body lifts. … But I hate the rower, I hate running on treadmills. I want to be out there on the basketball court.”
It’s impossible to doubt Butler on that last note, that’s for sure.