Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler has revealed that he plays country music when given the chance during warm-ups, but his teammates haven’t responded well to it.
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It isn’t the first time that Butler has revealed his music taste as before the season started he noted in an interview that he was trying to get new teammate Pau Gasol into country but was failing miserably with the rest of the group.
While the majority of NBA players are almost always listening to hip hop in the locker room, in practice or when arriving at games, the 25-year-old just wants to bring some variation to the party. However, it isn’t working.
“I get my own playlist in warmups sometimes,” Butler told ProBasketballTalk.
“My teammates don’t like it very much because it’s country music, but they get over it.
“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?'”
“I like country music. I listen to a little hip-hop. But I try to listen to people I’ve gained relationships with over the years, so whether it’s Ludacris or Lee Brice or Jason Aldean, whoever it is I try to support them just like they support me.”
Butler remains sidelined with an elbow injury currently, but he revealed that it is getting better and that he is confident that he will “be back in no time” as the Bulls struggle in his absence.
Chicago are also without Derrick Rose due to a knee injury, and if they are to harbour realistic hopes of making a deep playoff run, they will need their first choice back-court down the stretch.