Jimmy Butler Confesses He Hated Miami Heat While He was with Chicago Bulls

Published 02/17/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Oct 4, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) looks to shoot against Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) during the third quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


After the way Jimmy Butler played for the Miami Heat last season, everyone’s perception of him changed. Not only as a player but who he is as a teammate. The entire season, it was perfectly visible that his teammates worshipped him. The chemistry that they had eventually led them to their Eastern Conference Title.

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In fact, they were inches away from winning a championship but were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers. But would anyone believe it if a rumor came about that once upon a time, Butler heated the Miami Heat? Well, believe it because Jimmy has admitted it himself.

Taught to hate the Miami Heat

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In a recent interview, right after Dwyane Wade admitted that he didn’t believe in Butler as much at first, Butler confessed something himself. Butler was first drafted by the Chicago Bulls back in 2011. However, a sense of hatred was built in the Bulls against Heat.

“We was taught to hate you all man and hate everything about the Miami Heat,” Butler told Dwyane. “And I understand why. You all used to beat our ass on a regular basis. It was like damn near disrespect. It was blatantly disrespectful the way you used to beat up on us in Chicago man. If the roles were reversed, you would hate me too.”

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 has found his home

It seemed like Butler would never find a place for himself in the NBA. His stint with all his previous teams, whether it was the Bulls, the Minnesota Timberwolves, or the Philadelphia 76ers, ended badly.

With the Bulls, he was tired of being in a losing team. When he came to Minnesota, what seemed like would be a deadly trio next to Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, turned into a beef. And with the 76ers, Butler didn’t get along with coach Brett Brown. The fact that he was overshadowing Joel Embiid didn’t go down well with Embiid either, so he was quickly out of there too.

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This created a perception that Butler was the problem. Although that has changed ever since he joined the Miami Heat. Even Jimmy looks happier, and although the Heat isn’t doing as well this season, there still is time for them to pick it up.

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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