Heat Center Ridicules Jimmy Butler’s Reputation of a Toxic Teammate

Published 11/01/2020, 1:16 AM EDT
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers as he high fives guard Tyler Herro (14) during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Jimmy Butler had a formidable first season with the Miami Heat. He not only carried them to the playoffs, but also through the NBA Finals. In the Finals, Butler had two gigantic performances which helped the Heat push the series to six games.

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But at the end of the day, the Lakers were a better team. But on a positive note, this might just be the beginning of good things for Miami. Butler is the centerpiece around this terrific atmosphere in the team.

Heat center Meyers Leonard knows that, and he had nothing but appreciation for their leader in a recent interview.

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This guy is literally the definition of a max player, he’s everything you want. He’s disciplined, he’s a very very very good teammate, which for whatever ridiculous reason people didn’t tend to think that when he was part of other organization.

He puts in the work, he plays on both sides of the ball… I’m shocked at the level in which he’s able to impact the game.”

The Heat big man pointed out some amazing points about Jimmy Butler. During his stints with the Wolves and Philly, many people framed that Butler was a bad teammate. In fact, many even labeled him as locker-room cancer.

But now, it is clear, Butler just wants his teammates to match his work ethic. With the Heat his wish is being fulfilled, he was surrounded by a bunch of hard-working lads and they went to the finals.

Jimmy Butler: The leader for the Miami Heat

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Oct 4, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) pursues during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 NBA Finals ended on a losing note for the Heat, but they still have the same core intact. Jimmy is surrounded by young talented players, who will just get better from this point.

Moreover, in the NBA, losing helps the players get an unforgettable experience. Now that the Heat has tasted defeat, they will be hungrier to make a comeback next season.

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As long as they have Butler leading them, this team can make significant strides in the league. But are they missing a piece or few to win it all? The offseason is about to start, and if that is the case, they can add a few more pieces to their current team and run it back soon.

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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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