Ira Winderman: Jimmy Butler’s bombast nods to Heat’s past | Sports
You start here with Jimmy Butler: It’s an acquired taste.
For some, like Fred Hoiberg, Rajon Rondo, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Ben Simmons, among others, it’s a dish that’s barely acceptable.
This is one of the reasons why, 10 years later, there have already been four teams.
For others, including most (if not all) of the Miami Heat’s current roster, as well as the coaching staff and the front office, the Butler experience has been easier to digest.
That, of course, matters at times like this, with the 31-year-old forward just weeks after asking for a four-year extension of $ 181 million.
And that matters because of the irritability of the personality, which again drew inspection in reflection last week.
This time it was the ESPN feature film about former Heat forward Jae Crowder that chronicled a volatile training moment between the two in the midst of a one-on-one post-practice match in the Disney World quarantine bubble last season:
“The trash talk got so profane and so personal, it bordered on discomfort, team sources said. Almost the entire Heat contingent stayed to watch.“ I broke you one. … Since school! ”Butler taunted, according to Crowder. (It got a lot worse than that.) Everyone loved – and appreciated Crowder for bringing an advantage to practices. (Butler won the final game.) ”
Prior to that, it was a playoff report of “trying times” between Butler and the coaching staff at times this season.
Heat chairman Pat Riley defused that conversation during an appearance on a Dan Le Batard podcast, when he said, “Whatever rumors are going around about Jimmy Butler and anyone else who might have a problem with me or with Erik [Spoelstra] or with the team, that’s normal.
Which brings us to former Heat forward Chris Bosh and his ongoing book tour, as he promotes “Letters to a Young Athlete”.
During a recent conversation with the Sun Sentinel, Bosh scoffed at the idea that Butler is somehow presenting himself as unique in the workplace thermostat increase Heat.
“In those three great years, there have certainly been conflicts,” he said of his Heat championship alongside Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. “You have a bunch of guys out there who want to win, a coach who says, ‘We’re going to do it today,’ and the players say, ‘Well, we want to do it. “
Bosh stopped, laughed, then thought about a passage in his book that included leaving a visibly annoyed game at Spoelstra, fixing that problem for breakfast the next morning, and then winning that night.
“There will always be conflicts because everyone wants to win,” said Bosh. “But you still have to bring it back at the end of the day, and it’s about winning the game.”
What he’s seen in Butler the past two Heat seasons, Bosh said, is what he’s seen from Wade, James and others while qualifying for four straight NBA Finals from 2011 and winning. titles in 2012 and 2013.
To that end, he credited Riley with defusing the report of Butler’s “hard times” with the kind of nuance that defused more than a few hard times with the Big Three.
“It’s part of the growth process,” Bosh said of such tensions. “But then, at the same time, you have to understand that there has to be a conflict. Pat said it perfectly.
So, yes, Jimmy Butler can be an SOB. And soon it just might be an exorbitantly paid SOB. But Bosh said that’s the way we go.
From Crowder, after that showdown on the training ground, there was the respect needed to help push the Heat to the 2020 NBA Finals. From the Heat, as Riley said, there’s enough respect for Butler to keep the discussion going on the extension. And from Bosh, there’s almost a nod to the fact that it’s nothing new at 601 Biscayne Boulevard.
The next test, Bosh said, is how he plays in the void of victory, with the Heat being swept out of the first round of this season’s playoffs.
“There will always be reports of conflict when the season is not so good,” said Bosh, with the 2011 and 2014 offseason particularly difficult during his tenure as Heat. “The conflict is different. When they win and argue it’s great, it’s a good thing.
“What I find most important is that we have to talk about it. We are all adults, right?
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