Miami Heat Guards Tell Story Of Jimmy Butler One-Upping Them By Practicing At 430 AM

Published 03/18/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Mar 4, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart (3) defends Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) in the fourth quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Jimmy Butler is one of the hardest working players in the NBA. One doesn’t go from being the last pick of the first round in the Draft to facing LeBron James in the NBA Finals. However, Butler is exactly the man to have done it. He dispelled all questions about his value as a ‘winning player in the NBA last season, and he does that through sheer hard work.

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Butler is notorious for having some intense workouts at a very early hour in the day. Butler’s 4:30 AM practices have become the stuff of legend now, but we got some insight into what motivates him to practice like that from young Heat stars Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson.

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“Jimmy finds out, and he wants to be already done and full sweat by the time we get there.” Herro added on to it by saying, “At 6 AM. He pulls up at 4:30, full sweat when we walk in the gym. He got us beat.”

At the end of it, Robinson had to give it up to Jimmy and how his attitude has helped all of them fit into the organization. “He’s always got to one-up everybody else. But I respect it. I mean, it’s like that collective competitiveness that makes us a fit for the organization.”

Jimmy Butler: A scarily intense work-ethic?

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Jimmy Butler wants to win at all costs. However, he has never been in a situation that supported his winning capabilities. While Philadelphia had a great team, the parts never meshed together in 2018-19. Along with that, it took one of the greatest buzzer-beaters in NBA history to eliminate Butler and Philly that season.

Butler proved his worth last season, and it all happened when everyone was talking about how he is the perfect fit for Miami. ‘Heat Culture’ was notorious for working even the superstars to their bones. LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, and Dwyane Wade were made to put in the work as well. However, Butler goes above and beyond all of that.

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It would be inspiring to see Butler work the way he works for any young star. The youngsters on the team are learning the right things from their leader and hopefully, they can have another great post-season run.

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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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