‘I Was So Fu**king Happy’: Jamal Crawford Talks About Watching Jimmy Butler In NBA Finals

Published 02/11/2021, 9:02 AM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) guards Washington Wizards center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Jimmy Butler proved all his doubters wrong when he took the underdog Miami Heat all the way to the 2020 NBA Finals. Despite being a fifth-seed, Miami breezed through opponents like the Milwaukee Bucks before falling to the LA Lakers in six games. Many players have been rooting for Jimmy through the years.

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One of them is his former teammate from the Chicago Bulls, Jamal Crawford. Crawford spoke to Butler’s former Philadelphia teammate JJ Redick about watching Miami last season.

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“It validated those who believed in him wholeheartedly. We always knew the talent. We both saw it up close by playing with him, we saw the unselfishness, we saw the heart he brought every day, we saw the leadership in his way. It’s not for everybody, but it was his way and we embraced that.

Crawford added, “Seeing him lead that team to the Finals, I was so fu*king happy for him. People on the outside don’t really know him. Jimmy kind of plays into that because he doesn’t want them to know him because he’s a loyal dude. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.”

Jimmy Butler: Is he going to make it far in the playoffs this year?

While Miami was looking solid last season, this year has been different. Jimmy Butler and teammates like Tyler Herro have seen the court infrequently for a variety of reasons from injury to COVID. This has caused the Heat to have a slow start and they currently sit a couple of games outside the playoff spots in the East.

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Feb 5, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) protects the ball from Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) during the second quarter of the game at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

If Miami gets to the playoffs, it is anybody’s game. They have an ace head coach who can gameplan against particular teams very well. While they are struggling in the regular season, they are a great playoff team.

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But one needs to be good in the regular season to make the playoffs. Hopefully, Miami can rebound and go on a streak like the Toronto Raptors recently did. Butler has arrived at the top stage of basketball and now would be the perfect time for him to build on his success.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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