Recently, we got the chance to chop it up with Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler at the Jordan Brand “First to Fly” event in Las Vegas. You can catch most of our interview in KICKS 18, which hits newsstands later this month. But for now check out the clip above, in which Butler describes himself as a young player.

“I was just a freak athlete. I didn’t know anything about the game,” says the native of tiny Tomball, TX. “Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be an NBA player. Never in a billion years did I think I’d be a part of the Jordan Brand.”