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Veterans impressed by Jimmy Butler

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Bulls rookie Jimmy Butler understands the transition from the college to professional basketball is a challenging one.

That's why on the court he's epitomized the work-ethic that so many have praised--arriving hours before practice begins and staying late, according to Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

Off the court, Butler will have the opportunity to pay homage to his namesake--carrying bags, getting doughnuts and serving his teammates as all NBA rookies are expected.

"Don't worry we've got some stuff up our sleeves," Boozer said. "We've got some pink backpacks he might need to rock around with so we'll see what we can do for him to make his rookie year memorable."

The Marquette product isn't necessarily anxious to go on the road where the majority of rookie hazing occurs, but he'll be certain to maintain a good attitude.

"I hear you've got to do it," Butler said. "Might as well man up and not fight it. They say you fight it, it gets worse. As much as I don't want to do it, I'm looking forward to it."

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