Mark Wahlberg Balls It Up Against Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler
Did you feel a sweet, inexplicable shudder roll down your spine last week?
I did too, and it turns out those tingles were just good vibrations being sent out by Mark Wahlberg and Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler, who balled it up at the Chicago Bulls practice facility last Wednesday.
Kiley Kmiec of Next Impulse Sports was first to feel the vibes, and quickly checked Twitter to see if any Marky Mark-related shenanigans were being perpetrated somewhere in the world.
Sure enough, he found tweets showing Wahlberg and Butler going at it in two-on-two.
I just gave Mark Wahlberg baskets!! I knew he couldn't guard me!— Jimmy Butler (@mr_2eight1) September 11, 2013
Mark Wahlberg didn't stand a chance! I had 100 points, 100 rebounds, 100 steals, 100 blocks, 100… http://t.co/qM8EUiMcWI— Jimmy Butler (@mr_2eight1) September 11, 2013
Its been seven days, but at long last, video of the event has surfaced. And yes, it is good like Sunkist.
Wahlberg was in Chicago shooting Transformers 4 when he managed to slip away from the set to play some pickup. A huge sports fan, the Boston, Mass. native gave a brief interview with Chicago’s “BullsTV,” explaining how he enjoys portraying athletes in movies and has always held a deep admiration for the Chicago Bulls.
“I actually didn’t mind when [the Bulls] would beat the Celtics,” Wahlberg said. That’s a bold statement, Wahlberg—and I respect it.
I also respect the Bulls franchise for trotting out Butler to surprise the Academy Award-nominated actor. Wahlberg had been expecting to play a few games with his bros but ended up having to shoot over the long limbs of a man whose typical assignment is guarding LeBron James.
And shoot he did.
Marky Mark made it splash against Butler, shooting long-range three balls from far beyond the perimeter. It was his only option, really. You take what your opponent gives you, and considering Wahlberg is about as rangy as a Dutch shoe, he had to shoot the long ball.
All said and done, it was a fine display for both men. They left the court with sweat coming out their pores—something Wahlberg always like to see.
Come on swing it over to Twitter.
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