Jimmy Butler is a Taylor Swift fan, and he doesn't care who knows it.
The Chicago Bulls shooting guard, who is having a breakout season and is one of the favorites to win the NBA's Most Improved Player award, admitted to ProBasketballTalk that he loves rocking out to the popular singer during warmups.
"My teammates don’t like it very much because it’s country music, but they get over it," Butler told PBT. "I like Taylor Swift. I like music as a whole, but her music is kinda catchy. I’m sure she’ll hear this interview now and be like ‘what’s going on?'"
There's evidence that Butler jams out to T-Swift. Teammate Nazr Muhammed recorded this video of Butler singing along to the song "22" in the locker room.
I know it's not #TBT but bcuz of the overwhelming number of likes today on this Throwback from last year. He u go!! @jimmybutler dancing after a win to a Taylor Swift song. #DontKnowWhySoManyPplBeenlikingThis2day #NowUDontHaveToSearchForIt #UrWelcome #UCanThankMeNowAndLater lol #DamnIUsedToLoveThatCandy lol #SomeOfYallWontUnderstandThatLastHashtag #JustKeepReadingAndActLikeUDo #AllVideoRightAreOwnedByMe lol #IfURepostUNeedToPayMe lol #ImJustSerious #TagAFriend #LetsBreakTheInternet lol
Butler's love of Swift may extend beyond her body of work. Earlier this season Butler was asked about Swift, who has made her presence known in the NBA community by sitting courtside at several New York Knicks games. Here's what the 25-year-old Butler had to say about the pop star and one of her past beaus:
Jimmy gave the thumbs-down to T-Swift's relationship with John Mayer. "If you want to date someone, come to Chicago and date yours truly."
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) December 19, 2014
Not that Swift needs any more financial security (she's reportedly worth $200 million), but now would be a great time to start dating Butler. Earlier this season Butler turned down a reported four-year, $40 million extension offer from the Bulls. He was essentially betting that he could earn more than that by having a sensation season.
And that's just what he's done. While Butler's numbers have trailed off following his red hot start, he's still having a stellar year with per-game averages of 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Those are all career highs. Butler is out of the lineup as he recovers from a strained elbow, but when he returns he'll be expected to carry a significant load for coach Tom Thibodeau's squad as it makes a playoff push.
If he's serious about Taylor Swift, Butler should probably reach out to her before the season ends. Last summer Butler spent his weeks without Internet and cable, and if he plans on doing that again this year, it might be hard to get in touch.
Butler may even have some experience with pop stars, as some reports claim he hooked up with Miley Cyrus two years ago.