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Heat’s Erik Spoelstra praises Jimmy Butler’s ‘Hall of Fame work ethic’

Erik Spoelstra, Jimmy Butler, Heat

The 2019-20 season will be the first year of Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler as a coach-player tandem. And right from the get-go, the Miami Heat head coach noticed and praised Butler’s ‘Hall of Fame work ethic.’

Much has been said about Butler’s insane work ethic. It’s the stuff of legend yet Spoelstra claimed that it was all true. For training camp, Butler came in at 3:30 am in the morning — 30 minutes earlier than his offseason workouts at the AmericanAirlines Arena a month ago.

“The thing that also is notable about that is he has a Hall of Fame work ethic,” Spoelstra said, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “That’s not something of myth. That’s something that’s well earned and it’s real. I think he also respects that he’s walking into a gym where there’s several guys that are right there with him, step for step, in terms of work ethic.”

From a team perspective, Spoelstra believes that Butler’s extreme diligence will trickle on over to the other guys. They may not be clocking in at 3 in the morning but they’ll definitely make an effort to catch up on the hours they missed.

“They may not be coming in at crazy hours like he comes in, but they’re putting in time and putting in a lot of extra time.”

Spoelstra is no stranger to working with Hall of Fame-type players. Not too long ago, he helmed a Heat squad that featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. So given that he’s in awe of their newly-acquired star, it simply means that Butler is the real deal. Heat fans may see an ultra-competitive team this 2019-20 season.