Butler Knows he Belongs, as the Heat’s Future Shines Brighter than Ever
Despite falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games, no one will ever question Jimmy Butler and his relentless will to win at all cost.
Butler averaged a near 30 point triple-double in the NBA Finals but ultimately, it was not enough.
After a difficult three months inside isolation in the NBA bubble, in the midst of a global pandemic and social unrest in the country, Butler realizes that he has found his home. Miami is where he belongs and following a magical playoff run, he understands that the job is not yet finished.
“This is where I belong. This is what makes me smile. This is what makes me happy. … I wouldn’t give that back for the world. We really, really, really love being around one another and competing with one another. I wouldn’t trade that for the world. If I had to spend three months around some people, these people, they’re the ones that I want to do it with,” said Butler following the Heat’s 106-93 loss in Game 6 to the Lakers.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra echoed Butler’s sentiments.
“This locker room, regardless of whatever happens in the future, we’re going to remember this year, this season, this experience and that locker room brotherhood for the rest of our lives.
“You’re in this business to be able to be around people like this. And I can go on and on. But the guys that competed and played in this series, we had several guys that were not even close to being 100%. Probably shouldn’t have been playing, but that’s how this group was. They wanted to do it for each other. And I just, I’m really bummed that we couldn’t find a way to get over the hump and finish the season with a win,” said Spoelstra.
As the Heat continue to be one of the more attractive landing spots in the league, this is not the last we’ve heard of the Miami Heat.
With the incredible growth of the likes of Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, as well as Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn to a lesser extent, the Heat will continue to have the perfect blend of youth and veteran leadership. As a number of players come off the books this offseason, the team will also have cap space moving forward and the infrastructure built by ownership and Pat Riley makes the Heat capable of competing for years to come.
“We’re going to learn from this. We’re going to get better. We’re going to come back. We’re going to come back. We’ll be back. That’s what we’re all saying in that locker room. We got guys that want to do it. We got guys that already want to get back in the gym and get to working at this thing. That’s what we do here,” added Butler.
They are only going to get better from here and they have a leader in Butler to make sure of it.