Few NBA players cast as much shadows as Jimmy Butler, and the Heat superstar was up to his usual tricks on Monday when he poked fun at a reporter during a press conference.
It all started innocently when the reporter – allegedly Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel in South Florida – asked Butler if he thought the rest of the heat schedule was difficult. Winderman had a point: Five of Miami’s last seven opponents are on the hunt even in the playoffs.
Butler used this question as an opportunity to poke fun at Winderman: “Maybe it would be difficult if your sad ass was on our team,” laughed Butler. “I think we’ll be fine.”
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To his credit, Winderman accepted it, and Butler’s barb was no doubt good-natured. At the end of his answer he even said: “I love you”. The talented wing only finds ways to have fun at press conferences – be it calling reporters, teammates, or even former teammates.
It’s nice to see Butler stay relaxed as his heat jockey for the Eastern Conference standings. As of Monday, they have a record of 35-30 and are tied with the hawks for seed # 5 in the densely packed east. Both teams are 1.5 games back from the Knicks with fourth starting place and one game before the Celtics, currently the top starting place in the play-in tournament of the east.
Regardless of whether the schedule of the heat is actually difficult, butlers and co. Have to bring their A-Game with them in order not to slip onto the seventh seed. Otherwise, they will play in the NBA’s first non-bubble play-in tournament.