Miami Heat Teammate Explains Why Jimmy Butler is a Perfect Fit For the Team

Published 01/20/2021, 9:13 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Jimmy Butler enters at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


The sole reason behind Jimmy Butler being a perfect fit for Miami Heat is the team’s no-nonsense attitude. They have a winning culture that Butler thrives for and craved for with his previous teams. After many negative tags on him for being a bad teammate, the Heat embraced him with open arms. It is probably why they became the Eastern Conference champions last season.

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Season for redemption

Throughout their run last season, Butler had caught everyone’s attention. He played like he belonged with Miami for years and showed the world what he is made of. In fact, to everyone’s surprise, his teammates confessed that they absolutely adored the man. And the chemistry they had built clearly showed.

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After terrible stints with former teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers’, Butler was carrying out a bad reputation. Although the perception about him completely changed when he played for the Heat.

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

Why is Jimmy Butler a perfect fit for Miami Heat?

There is nobody better right now who knows Heat culture more than Udonis Haslem. He has played for Miami for 17 seasons now and knows exactly why Butler fits right in with them.

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In the interview, he said, “Jimmy fits right in. Jimmy is one of us. When you put a dog in a kennel, he’s going to make a pack… We understand that you have to play this game with some sort of control rage to be successful. At least that’s how we do it and we ain’t for everybody and we understand that.”

“We play this game with some sort of control rage to get things done, man. Me and Jimmy almost threw coffee over each other over a card game in the bubble,” stated Haslem.

The way Butler carried Miami last season, they’ve easily added themselves to the list of title contenders for this season without any argument. So far, Miami isn’t doing as great as one would expect from the NBA Finalists, but a lot of the season is still left. As long as they have Jimmy Butler, anything is possible.

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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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