Since 2017, Jimmy Butler has been traded thrice. From being on the Bulls to now being on the Heat, he has come a long way. He was on the 76ers, a team that was aiming to contend last season, but they lost to the eventual champions in the second round. But now he is in the Conference Finals, for the first time in his career, and could be on his way to a title.
His former Bulls teammate and close friend, Dwyane Wade is happy to see him succeed. He’s glad to see Butler fitting well with the organization he himself was part of.
“Jimmy Butler has absolutely not changed,” Wade said. “But I always say Jimmy has his own way, his own style and it doesn’t fit with everyone. Along this journey, everyone has tried to make Jimmy the scapegoat. Then you put him with the right person who actually has the same kind of crazy with the Miami Heat organization overall, and it just makes sense.”
Jimmy Butler: Pushing his teammates to success
During his time with the Timberwolves, Butler had a few run-ins with his teammates. He was disappointed with their attitude and their unwillingness to put in the work. But with the Heat, he has been able to get the best out of his teammates and they have impressed him with their effort.
Wade said, “Ultimately, Jimmy’s whole thing this whole time is he just wants other guys that work like him, that play the game as hard as he does, that can execute the game when it matters and things of that nature. That’s how he built himself. He built himself on the work that he puts in on film and on wins and losses in the game.
“Some organizations may not be ready for that kind of player. It may be too much for coaches, it may be too much for other players because everyone has different goals. This has been Jimmy’s goal (all) along.”
Butler has been a great leader for the Heat and has taken them to the Conference Finals so far. They head into this round as the favorites and will be excepted to beat the Celtics.