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Jimmy Butler isn't going to the Lakers because he 'loves Chicago so much'

Jimmy Butler isn't going to the Lakers because he 'loves Chicago so much'

Until the day comes that he's wearing another uniform — and not a Marquette jersey — Jimmy Butler's name will be involved in an abundance of trade rumors.

Over the past two seasons, the Bulls All-Star swingman has been linked to the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, in addition to other clubs.

With the NBA Draft less than a month away and the start of free agency kicking off just a few days after the draft concludes, the rumor mill will begin to churn with a countless number of Butler rumors.

[RELATED: Lakers' Jordan Clarkson could solve multiple dilemmas for the Bulls this offseason]

Following the Golden State Warriors victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, Butler was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live which takes place in Los Angeles — the home of the team that's rumored to have a keen eye for Butler.

"Why aren't you coming to the Lakers?" Kimmel asked Butler.

"Because I love Chicago so very much," Butler proclaimed. "They took a chance at me in 2011 with the 30th pick so I'm forever grateful for that."

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Even Kimmel, an avid Lakers fan, thinks Butler should stay in Chicago and discussed why it's important for a player to stay with the same team throughout an entire career.

Check out the rest of Butler's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the video below, and see what he has to say about his gigantic aquarium and much more.

What's in a name? Bulls guard Alec Jacoby White is here to tell you

What's in a name? Bulls guard Alec Jacoby White is here to tell you

Daniel Gafford is Coby White’s fellow rookie on the Bulls. His locker sits next to White’s at the United Center.

And even Gafford couldn’t believe it.

“Your name is what?” Gafford said, incredulously.

White laughed.

“Alec Jacoby White,” White said. “It’s what my Mom wanted to name me.”

Then why, pray tell, does the basketball world know him as Coby?

“My Aunt called me Coby so everybody started calling me Coby,” White said. “Growing up, I was used to everyone saying Coby. So that’s the name I wanted to go by. It was kind of my choice.”

White said his mother liked the names Alec and Jacoby because they were distinguished and different. Only his older sister, Tia, calls him by those names.

“She doesn’t want to be like everybody else. She wants to be different. That’s my big sister,” White said. “But I let her do whatever she wants. I don’t care.”

But White’s mother, Bonita, does. To the point that she’d go to his school open houses before the school year even began and do her son’s dirty work for him.

“Before she did that, it happened a couple times on the first day of school,” White said. “The teachers would say Alec. And everybody is looking around the room like, ‘Who is that?’ I’d be all embarrassed and say, ‘Yo, I go by Coby.’ And the teachers would be sorry. So that’s when my Mom would start that.

“She’d go to the open houses and she’d already get it right. She would say, ‘You got him listed as Alec. But change that. He goes by Coby.’ From then on, whenever I got to school, (the teachers) always said, ‘Coby White.’”

Tuesday night, as he set a Bulls franchise record with seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the United Center crowd started chanting, “Coby! Coby!” The name is as identifiable as his signature hairstyle.

And it booms through an arena better than “Alec! Alec!” might.

“Growing up, people would call me Alec and I wouldn’t answer,” White said.

Even Gafford, sitting nearby, smiled at that one.

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White was on fire in win over Knicks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White was on fire in win over Knicks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and Dave Watson react to Coby White’s record-breaking game and the Bulls win over the Knicks.

0:45 - On Coby White’s unreal 4th quarter

4:45 - On Bulls fans chanting Coby’s name at the end of the game

6:00 - On Wendell Carter Jr. and another double-double

8:20 - Should Coby White be starting?

12:30 - Viewer comment on Hutchison’s role when Otto Porter returns

16:20 - If you could only choose one duo to keep: Zach/Lauri or Coby/Wendell?

19:20 - Viewer comment on a Otto Porter for D’Angelo Russell trade idea

22:00 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn’s game

24:25 - Who should John Sabine’s new best friend be?

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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