After a breakout season that saw him make the All-Star team and win Most Improved Player, Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was rewarded with a five-year, $95 million contract.
And Butler, literally, has no intentions of looking back.
Butler's rise has been a storied one. Butler came from a rough background in which he grew up without his father, was kicked out of his mother's house, played a year in junior college before transferring to Marquette, and didn't get drafted until the 30th pick in 2011. Now, he's a max. contract player in the NBA.
Questions about driving safety aside, Butler actually has some pretty good reasoning.
"It's because I don't ever want that to define me," he told Smith. "I hated it whenever it came up because that's all anybody ever wanted to talk about. Like, that hasn't gotten me to where I am today. I'm a great basketball player because of my work. I'm a good basketball player because of the people I have around me. And if I continue to be stuck in the past, then I won't get any better. I won't change, I'll get stuck as that kid."
"That's not who I am," Butler continued. "I'm so far ahead of that. I don't hold grudges. I still talk to my family. My mom. My father. We love each other. That's never going to change."
Butler was the winner of one of the greatest gambles in recent memory in the NBA. Butler, at the time a high-end role player, turned down a four-year, $40 million contract extension from the Bulls last season, gambling that he'd out-play it. His new $95 million deal proves that he obviously did.
So, as long as Butler is still using his side mirrors for safety purposes, he can be forgiven for not wanting to look backward.
Chicago Bulls player who signed a $95 million contract removed the rearview mirror in his car so that he can't look 'back'
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler wipes his face after a time-out against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 109-94. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Chicago. The Bulls won 92-88. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, left, knocks the ball away from Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton (32) adjusts his face guard as he and forward Jimmy Butler (21) prepare to play during Game 5 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bulls 94-91and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Basketball player Jimmy Butler at the Body at ESPYS Party sponsored by Hennessy V.S on July 16, 2013 at Lure in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images)
Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler is interviewed during NBA basketball media day at the Sheri L. Berto Center on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013., in Deerfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) is pulled away by forward Taj Gibson (22) after an altercation with Washington Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, in the second half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. Nene received a double technical and was ejected. The Bulls won 100-97. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler smiles during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Chicago, Friday, April 4, 2014. The Bulls won 102-90. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler (21) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 114-109 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Indianapolis. Chicago defeated Indiana 92-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) drives between Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks (20) and Detroit Pistons forward Cartier Martin (35) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler talks to a teammate during Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) drives against the Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia (27) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) during an NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) drives against the Charlotte Hornets in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. The Hornets won 94-86. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)