Jimmy Butler Returns to Milwaukee

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Wednesday night wasn't the first time this season that Chicago Bulls guard/forward and former Marquette standout (2008-11) Jimmy Butler returned to his college court at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

But this visit had a different feeling than the first.

Prior to the Bulls' 104-88 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Butler was greeted by the largest media contingent in the Chicago locker room.

Butler, a second-year player, scored 18 points in Wednesday's game against the Bucks. (Including this dunk HERE at He's averaged 15.1 points over his last eight games (through Jan. 30) and has been anointed a "Kobe-stopper" on Twitter.

He's even becoming a media pro - ably adjusting to the demands of many while trying to prepare for work.

Whether he was asked about the return to his alma mater's home floor, or about not being selected to the BBVA Rising Stars Classic at the NBA All-Star Game, Butler was accommodating - he spent an extra 10 minutes on media duties than was required of him.

Much of his focus came back to Marquette and being back in comfortable territory.

"When you look up there and see the Dwayne Wades and the other players that were here in the blue and gold, I think about when I used to run up and down this court when it didn't say 'Milwaukee Bucks' and instead it said 'Marquette Golden Eagles'," Butler said. "It feels good to be back in this building."

For more on Butler, see my video feature:

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