Dwyane Wade opened up about Jimmy Butler, who has been impressive in the 2020 NBA playoffs playing for the Miami Heat.
The Heat legend believes Butler (21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists in the postseason) has not made any changes to his personality and playing style, but he is at his very best because he is just in the perfect situation now.
“Jimmy Butler has absolutely not changed. You know that saying: Winning cures all. That’s what it is. You put Jimmy in an environment where his — I always say his crazy and I don’t want that to come off like Jimmy is crazy.
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. Jimmy is the problem. Jimmy is this, Jimmy is that.
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. There might not be another organization in the NBA that makes sense for Jimmy.
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 along,” Butler said, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
Butler and the Heat will face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 1 is on Tuesday.