Heat’s Tyler Herro opens up on Jimmy Butler’s on and off court impact
Regardless of the eventual outcome of the 2020 NBA Finals, one thing will remain quite certain heading into next season — the Miami Heat are officially on the map in the Eastern Conference. Despite battling a slew of injuries down the stretch of the NBA Finals, All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler and breakout rookie sharpshooter Tyler Herro have impressed in a big way throughout the postseason down in Orlando, which will only benefit Miami as it attempts to make another run at a title in 2020-21.
With the tandem of Butler and Herro becoming one of the more fun duos in recent memory throughout the Heat’s time in the “NBA bubble,” it couldn’t be more clear that the rookie has some serious admiration for the team’s veteran leader.
"I probably have learned 10 things just today from Jimmy." @raf_tyler tells @TermineRadio and Wes Wilcox that @JimmyButler is more than a teammate. #HEATTwitter | #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/P1THHDcIDW
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 8, 2020
“Every day there’s something new of him just teaching me. We just got done with practice and I probably learned 10 things just today from Jimmy,” Herro recently told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “Just the reads, different ways to get open. Just little things, and it’s not all on the court either. Off the court he’s like a big brother to me. He really did take me under his wing and just showed me the ways. And he’s a big reason why I’m playing well.”
The Heat currently trailed the top seed in the Western Conference — the heralded Los Angeles Lakers — 3-1 in the NBA Finals after initially dismantling the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, respectively. While dropping Games 1, 2 and 4, the Heat notably won Game 3 as Game 5 is now slated to take place on Friday evening.