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Jimmy Butler says he is still enjoying All-Star weekend despite injury

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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was a late casualty to injury as he was forced to pull out of the 2016 All-Star game due to a knee injury.

The two-time selection was replaced in the Eastern Conference team by teammate Pau Gasol and will miss between three and four weeks of the season. 

However, the 26-year-old is still in Toronto taking part in the weekend's activities and media duties. With basketball out of the window, Butler has still been able to enjoy the annual occasion away from the hardwood. 

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He said: "Just being around my family [I have enjoyed]. My brothers are here, my trainer is here. So just sitting down, having dinner and talking about life, because I'm much more than a basketball player. 

"They know that and I think everybody should know that. So just being who I am when I'm not out there on the basketball court."

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Butler's injury is just the latest problem for a Chicago Bulls franchise who have lost seven of their last ten games to slide down the East. 

Without Butler, Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls are looking short on numbers and sit seventh in the conference, just a game ahead of the Detroit Pistons. 

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Averaging a career-high 21.3 points per game this season, Butler has been a central figure for the franchise and will be a huge loss as they look to secure a playoff position in the business end of the season.

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Jimmy Butler
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