Heat coach Erik Spoelstra explains how Jimmy Butler reminds him of LeBron James
James played for Spoelstra and the Heat for four seasons. Miami went to the Finals in all four years, winning two titles.
Spoelstra says like LeBron, Butler only cares about one thing and that’s winning.
“I think it’s really rare for a star player,” Spoelstra said, via Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel. “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.”
However, we have to remember where Butler is coming from. This is a guy who was kicked out of his house as a kid and worked his tail off to get to the NBA. The new Heat star worked so hard for everything he has gotten, so when he sees other players not working as hard as him, he’s going to have a problem with it and let people know.
Butler averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line. Jimmy is a four-time All-Star and one of the best two-way players in the league.