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Heat’s Goran Dragic likes to roast Jimmy Butler about everything

Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler, Heat

Though they’ve only been teammates for this one season, Miami Heat guards Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic have already developed a tight bond. And as friends often do, they like to rib one another from time to time.

Dragic recently joined Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated for a wide-ranging interview. Amid their discussion, the Slovenian-born guard admitted that he picks on Butler every now and then. But how did these two stars from different nations develop such a quick bond? One major factor has been their shared love of footy (soccer):

“If I’m honest. I don’t know, it just happened,” Dragic said of the friendship he’s developed with Butler, via SI.com. “He loves soccer, he’s a really funny dude, he’s a character, and I’m not afraid to tease him back.”

Dragic also noted that he picks on Butler’s mustache, which is a relatively new addition for the Heat star:

“I always tease him about PSG, his soccer team,” Dragic says. “We watched the Champions League final together, and actually that time I didn’t tease him, he was in a bad mood. I thought, ‘Now is not a good time.’ With his Big Face coffee, I tell him ‘It’s too expensive. I’m not coming to your coffee shop.’ I tease him about his mustache, too. I even bought him a mustache gel, or whatever you call it. He never uses it.”

Antics aside, the Heat are enjoying a fantastic ride through the Eastern Conference Playoffs. They faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round, resulting in 4-0 sweep. In the second round, Miami was matched up against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — a series that was won in five games. Now Dragic, Butler and the Heat are on to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they’ll meet the Boston Celtics.

Game 1 between the Heat and Celtics is set to tip at 6:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.