Jimmy Butler wasn’t impressed with Ben Simmons’ mental toughness

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Jimmy Butler is a few moments away from his first Finals appearance being the leader of the Miami Heat, after joining the South Beach franchise last summer.

Zach Harper of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Butler did not view former Philadelphia 76ers teammate Ben Simmons as on par with himself when it came to mentality.

The report suggests Butler did actually connect with Joel Embiid, but he didn’t like the Sixers’ organization hierarchy. The 76ers came up one bounce away from the Conference Finals with Jimmy Butler in their roster last season.