Heat’s Jimmy Butler Opens Up on Being Overlooked for 2021 NBA All-Star Selections

Published 02/25/2021, 11:00 PM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Since joining the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler has completely changed the trajectory of his career. Last season, he helped the team become the Eastern Conference champions and fight toe to toe with the LA Lakers.

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Jimmy’s contributions were recognized by fans, coaches, and the media as he was an NBA All-Star last season. However, the 2020-21 NBA season has not been the same for either the Heat or Jimmy Butler.

Because Miami is struggling to find their form so far, both Butler and Bam Adebayo were overlooked for NBA All-Star selections. While the end goal is to win the NBA Championship, becoming an All-Star is a great feeling.

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Jimmy Butler talks about being left out of the NBA All-Star team

Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dribbles up the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

After the Heat’s recent victory over the Raptors, Butler joined the post-game interview. During the interview, he was asked his thoughts on not being an All-Star this season. Jimmy replied:

“I’m cool. I’m not the one to ask about going to All-Star. I wish Bam [Adebayo]  would have made it. As for me, I’m cool.”

Butler is one of the hardest-working players in the entire league. Therefore, it’s not much of a surprise that he doesn’t have much of a problem in being left out of the 2021 NBA All-Star selections.

If anything, it might work as motivation for him to lead his team to a better record when it’s all said and done.

No disappointment for me, no zero.”

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Can the Miami Heat make a comeback in the second half of the season?

Knowing Jimmy Butler, he must be working hard to change the fortunes of his team. With the All-Star break nearing, the Heat are still out of playoff contention as of now.

However, one of the major contributors to their poor form were those back-to-back injury troubles. As a result, they are still 15-17 so far this season.

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Now that almost their entire team is healthy, Miami can make a push for clinching a good seed in the conference. What are your expectations from the Heat post All-Star break? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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