Butler Becoming Defensive Stopper for Bulls
The words coming loudly out of all corners of the Bulls’ locker room late Monday night were unmistakable.
“Kobe stopper! Kobe stopper!”
The words were directed toward one man who wore a sheepish smile on his face – Jimmy Butler. In just the second start of his career, the Bulls’ second-year swingman played almost 44 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. But those weren’t even his most important stats of the night.
The biggest thing Butler took was take the challenge of guarding Kobe Bryant and limiting him to just 7-for-22 from the field.
“Jimmy Boy was huge,” Noah said. “Defensively it’s great for him. He’s making a name for himself. He’s proving that not only is he a great defensive player, but he’s showing his athleticism. He’s showing that he hit a huge shot at the end there, a big jump shot, it makes us that much tougher to know that we have guys like that that we can rely on.”