Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler took less money to leave adidas and join Jordan Brand.
To be exact, he took 75 perfect less to join the Jumpman, but in good reasoning as he explains in an interview with GQ Magazine. Injuries had a lot to do with him saying peace to the Three Stripes.
Is it true that you took significantly less money to be on Team Jordan? What led to that decision?
I’ve always been a fan of Mike and his game. What he did for the game of basketball as a whole, and what he did off the court for it too, whether it was with Hanes or his shoe brand. But I’ve always been a fan of the tennis shoe. So when I got an opportunity to switch from Adidas to Jordan, I just thought it was the right choice, because I’ve never had problems with my feet. I’m not bashing Adidas at all, but I got turf toe one year and rolled my ankles a few times. That’s never happened, whenever I was at Marquette with Jordan or before that, with Nike. So I thought maybe I should go back to that shoe. And then Jordan picked me up.
It’s not about the money. I do it because I love the game, for one. I think Mike takes care of his players. He’s always saying how this is a Jordan family. Everybody’s so cool to hang around, and you get a lot of respect, within that Jordan brand, to each and every individual, because you’re significantly really good at your particular sport. So, I think it was an easy choice, moving on to Jordan.
Did any of your Adidas-wearing teammates [like Derrick Rose] try to convince you to stay on Adidas?
No. No. You can’t convince me, once my mind’s made up. They already knew. I was probably telling them halfway through the season, whenever it is, “When this year’s over, y’all can count on not seeing me in Adidas. I’m gonna be straight Jordan-ed out.” Now I’m never wanting to leave Brand Jordan.
Now that you’re at Jordan, what’s it like to have every kid’s dream come true of access to all the Jordans, all the time? What’s that like, to have just any Jordan you want?
Oh my gosh, it’s crazy! Like, you’ll just get packages in the mail with just hella shoes, hella gear. You’re just like, man! You open it, you just see the Jumpman logo, you’re like, “I’m really part of Team Jordan right now!”
Growing up, did you have a favorite pair of Jordans? And do you have them now?
Yeah. I do have them now. Growing up, my favorite Jordan was probably the Ten, just because they look good, if you were to walk around in them, and they feel decent to play basketball in. So it was like the best of both worlds right there. And it was the all black ones, just because black goes with, like, everything. So I probably got about three or four of those at the house right now, just because that was my all-time favorite one. And then the Space Jam, the black Eleven.
Read the full interview over on GQ…