By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jun 23, 2016 at 6:01 PM

I’ve never met Jimmy Butler, but I'm pretty sure I love him. Love the way he plays and – of course – love that he’s a Marquette guy. I’d also love to see him, someday, somehow, in a Bucks uniform. It’s NBA Draft night, so... maybe a trade? A fan can dream, right?  

I also, as you may know, really like Bill Simmons’ stuff. His podcasts are great, and I’m digging The Ringer and his new HBO show "Any Given Wednesday." I’ve never met Simmons, either, but the guy also seems to love Milwaukee – or at least appreciate our character, sports fandom and what I also like to call our lack of pretense. He’s a Boston guy, after all. His hometown is another sports crazed city that suffers through snow and cold to seriously celebrate summer.

Anyway, check out this recent Simmons’ podcast with Jimmy Butler. 

It was recorded before the Bulls traded Derrick Rose, so some of the talk about his team may seem dated. But more importantly and germane to us here in Milwaukee, it includes several Marquette and Milwaukee mentions. Butler says several times, "I love Milwaukee," and he cites his years at and degree from Marquette University, as well as mentioning that the BMO Harris Bradley Center is his favorite place to play. Simmons also says nice things about Milwaukee, our sports fandom and NBA players from Marquette.

Milwaukee and Marquette coming together on one podcast. I love it. You will, too. Especially if you’re a hoops fan, as Butler’s one of the best.

And finally, congrats to Jimmy Butler for making the U.S. Olympic team. Let's get gold this summer in Rio.   

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.