Miami Heat Superstar Jimmy Butler Admits Luck Has a Lot of Weightage In Achieving Success

Published 01/18/2021, 11:48 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports


Last season was all about the Miami Heat‘s success through the playoffs and Jimmy Butler renewing his reputation as a teammate. From leaving teams on a bitter note to finding the place he belongs to, Butler has come a long way since then. In fact, his teammates in Miami embraced his presence, and the franchise became relevant again, all thanks to Butler. So, How did he become an NBA star?

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Struggles during the teenage years

Born and raised in Texas, the Heat superstar did not have a home for a few of his teenage years. However, when he started playing high school basketball, things took a turn for him. He attended junior college, following which he accepted a scholarship to Marquette.

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In his own words, Buttler was just a bench player who “got lucky”. But he made the most of the opportunities that presented themselves. “Coach just played me one day, and it was like, ‘Man, this kid just grabbed, like, four offensive rebounds,’ so he kept playing me and I just hustled,” narrated Butler.

Although, he also has this belief that apart from hard work, luck also plays a role in making a person. He confessed, “One of the realest things I’ve come to know is that luck plays a major part in a lot of things and people don’t want to admit it. You can call it grace. I believe in God, and I know He’s watching, but I still believe that luck has something to do with it.”

Dec 23, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) shoots beyond Orlando Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) during the secon quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler found his home in Miami Heat

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Butler has had some bad blood with the teams he played for prior to Miami. With the Minnesota Timberwolves, he got into a war of words with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Leaving them, when he played for the 76ers, he didn’t see eye to eye with coach, Brett Brown.

Word got around that Jimmy was the problem and he was a bad teammate. But when Butler found a group of players who were like-minded, he fit perfectly. In fact, the franchise couldn’t be happier with someone like him leading Miami. Now that he has found his home, will he also be able to bring a title for them?

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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

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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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