Timberwolves wing Jimmy Butler is on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated for the magazine's NBA preview.
In a feature titled "Don't Try to Change Jimmy Butler" by Lee Jenkins, Butler talks about his upbringing, last summer's trade to Minnesota, his relationship with Tom Thibodeau, how the Timberwolves can make a run in the postseason and much more.
Here's the introduction of the article:
"The self-titled Garbage Guy from small-town Texas who grew up on Spam and syrup sandwiches, who waited tables at Denny’s and mowed lawns in basketball shoes, who played one game of AAU ('travel ball,' he called it) and never left the bench, who received a single scholarship offer out of high school from Centenary and a partial from Quinnipiac, who started in junior college only after two regulars failed drug tests and who faxed his letter of intent to Marquette from a McDonald’s sinks into a tan leather banquette on a Gulfstream III bound for Silicon Valley."
The rest of the story can be found here or you can pick up an issue. Here's the full cover:
It's the second time in three years the Timberwolves are featured on a Sports Illustrated NBA preview cover.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Garnett donned the cover in 2015.
Boston Celtic Kyrie Irving was featured on a different regional cover of the magazine.