Erik Spoelstra on Jimmy Butler: “He reminds me of LeBron James”

Jimmy Butler
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The head coach of the Miami Heat, Erik Spoelstra, referred to the similarities between Jimmy Butler and LeBron James.

“I think it’s really rare for a star player. In that regard, he reminds me of LeBron. He is so aware and mindful of his teammates and he wants his teammates to play well and be in rhythm, even at the expense of his own offense.

He’s not looking at how many shot attempts he gets or how many points he’s scoring. He really just cares about the bottom line: Are we winning or not? Are we doing the right thing to put our team in position to win?

And he knows, whenever it becomes go time, when we need a basket or a good look or create an opportunity for a teammate, he’s driving that action. He’ll be able to produce.

He’s done that his entire career. But I think that really speaks to his level-headedness and understanding of the big picture,” Spoelstra said, per Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.