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Jimmy Butler would be a Banksy, not a Picasso, if he were a work of art

Jimmy Butler delivered quite the quote during a recent interview when he attempted to define himself as a piece of art. According to the new Miami Heat star, his personality more closely aligns with the work of Banksy as opposed to a piece produced by Picasso. So there you go.

Butler certainly is one of the more quotable players in the NBA, but his breakdown of how he’s a Banksy, not a Picasso, leaves a lot to unpack. To wit:

“I’m not saying I’m a piece of art. What I’m saying is that some people don’t understand a Picasso, but you have to take the damn Picasso anyway because it’s a Picasso,” he told Haute Living magazine, via the New York Post’s Page Six.

“I think I’m that way. You may not understand me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to change. A Picasso is going to stay a Picasso. But seriously, I’m not a Picasso — I’m more like a Banksy!”

Experts from the art world perhaps would be able to provide a more informed interpretation of Butler’s remarks, but a potential hypothesis could be that he sees more of himself in Banksy’s subversive, guerrilla-style approach to graffiti art than anything from Picasso’s body of work. After all, the case can be made that Butler, like Banksy, is not for everyone, whereas Picasso is universally embraced as a titan of the art world.

Or maybe Butler simply prefers Banksy’s method of artistic expression over the myriad masterpieces created by Picasso. Hard to say, but Heat fans should expect many more deep thoughts out of Butler this season, as the guy is a veritable quote machine.