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Jimmy Butler claims Erik Spoelstra’s ‘sweating’ and ‘yelling’ make it easier for Heat to compete at a high-level

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There’s a reason players love playing for Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and Jimmy Butler is quickly finding out why.

Butler, the Heat’s blockbuster acquisition this summer, says Spoelstra’s “sweating” and “yelling” makes it easier for Miami to compete at a high-level in practices — which he thinks will lead to better results when the real games start.

“It’s been cool,” Butler said, via Shandel Richardson of The Athletic. “It’s been easy. Just go out there and hoop. Play hard. Put the time in before, after practice, during practice.

“As long as you go out there and you’re ready to compete, no matter what coach you got. (Spoelstra) is one that’s out there in the trenches with you, sweating, yelling, all of that good stuff. It makes it easier to just go out there and do it.”

Erik Spoelstra always had a good relationship with Miami legend Dwyane Wade. Now, the team is hoping the 48-year-old coach will develop a strong rapport with Jimmy Butler so the Heat can get back to the playoffs and ultimately compete for a championship.

It’s not always going to be smooth — things with Butler never are. However, because Butler is a hard worker and fierce competitor, he figures to get along with Spoelstra and Heat president Pat Riley very well.

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