These NBA Stars Started Their Lives With Nothing

Athletes | 4/24/20

For every star athlete blessed with a childhood full of opportunity, there are many others who started their journeys with next to nothing. Did you know that Larry Bird was nicknamed “the Hick from French Lick?” Building their careers from humble beginnings, these athletes not only found success but also found ways to honor their roots. These are the best NBA stars who began their careers from the most humble beginnings.

Jimmy Butler Was Kicked Out Of His Childhood Home

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One of the biggest stars in the NBA today, Jimmy Butler found himself on the streets as a teenager. When he was 13 years old, his mother told him, “I don’t like the look of you” and kicked him out of the house.

Butler bounced around friends’ homes until he met Jordan Leslie. Leslie invited him to stay with his family for a few days, which turned into a few years. In 2019, Butler signed a $140 million contract with the Miami Heat.