TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Former TJC basketball player Jimmy Butler has overcome a lot in his life.
He was thrown out his home as a teenager.
He worked his way into junior college, where he was rewarded with a scholarship from Marquette.
He was then drafted in to the NBA by the Chicago Bulls, fulfilling a life-long dream.
But those dreams, are on hold, as the NBA sits mired in a lockout.
"Everyday you wake up I want to say is this over with yet," said Butler, "Days go by and you just hope and pray that it will end soon. It's still my dream and I still want to keep going.
With no end in sight for the lockout, Butler returned to TJC, where we once walked, as a wide-eyed freshman.
"I see these kids walking around with smiles on their faces and I'm like 'when I was young like you were that was me'," said Butler, "So this is definitely a place I love to come back to and everyone will see me here through this lockout."
Butler's rise to the NBA has been compared to another rags-to-riches sports story turned movie...The Blindside.
When asked if he thought is story would be made into a movie...Butler didn't hesitate.
"I would want Will Smith," laughed Butler, "Maybe Martin Lawrence...but Will Smith would be great."
And like many of Smith's movies, Butler's story, is sure to have a happy ending.
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