Newly-minted Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler dropped by the G.O.A.T.’s annual youth basketball camp, “Michael Jordan‘s Flight School,” Sunday and got in a little friendly shootout with MJ and a couple of kids.
Jordan, Butler, and a pair of young campers appeared to be playing some variation of “Elimination,” during which Jordan did exactly what he’s been doing his whole life: drain a long two-pointer at the buzzer (his toe was clearly on the line). Butler, who signed to Jordan Brand this year, is no slouch himself, as he also nailed several shots in a row, but, unlike Jordan, couldn’t convert on the last-second shot.
The All-Star swingman re-upped with the Bulls in free agency this summer on a max five-year, $95 million contract. And in addition to Jordan’s camp, he’s also expected to participate in the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas later this month in anticipation of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio next summer.
Aside from drafting talented big man Bobby Portis, the Bulls’ core unit remains largely intact, although there will certainly be a learning curve as they adjust to new head coach Fred Hoiberg, who Chicago’s front office brought into replace Tom Thibodeau in hopes that the team can finally reclaim some of that slowly-fading glory from Jordan’s heyday.