It was never going to be a happy reunion for Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers, but the intensity of the boos and jeering Sixers fans laid out on the Miami Heat shooting swingman still caught some people off guard.
However, Butler knew coming into the Wells Fargo Center that it was going to happen. With that said, he decided to not pay them any attention and focus on the game.
“To tell you the truth, I legit didn’t even pay attention, didn’t to much hear it. I heard people talking to me after the game was almost over, but I really don’t pay to much attention to it,” Butler said.
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What was more important to Butler was how his interaction with his former teammates will be. In his postgame huddle, the 30-year-old star opened up about his close relationship with his former teammates in the City of Brotherly Love.
“Those are my guys,” Butler said. “Basketball is basketball, but this will and always will be a brotherhood. Those are my guys, I wish them the best, the absolute best. And to continue to play great basketball. As much as I want to win a championship. I want them to strive to win the exact same trophy. Those are always going to be my guys. Basketball is just what we do.”
Butler had a disappointing night as the Sixers demolished the Heat, 113-86. He finished with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. His shooting inefficiency cost the team the game, as his clip was at a terrible 31 percent.