Jimmy Butler made clear that he didn’t want to wear a name on the back of his jersey during the NBA restart. While he wasn’t allowed to do so, he still found a way to make the statement prior to the Miami Heat’s first game.
Butler took the floor in a jersey with no name on the back, but was ultimately made to change by the referee. He was clearly aware that he wasn’t going to get away with it, as he had a jersey ready with his name on the back to change into when told to.
Jimmy Butler won’t get his wish to wear no name on the back of his jersey during the NBA restart.
Butler said last Tuesday he wanted to wear no name on his nameplate, saying that no name and no message would go back to “who I was.” According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, however, Butler will not be permitted to do so, as the uniform player agreement requires something to be on the back of a jersey.
Per sources, it appears as of now that Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler's request to wear no name on the back of his jersey at the NBA restart will not be honored.
The NBA and NBPA struck deals on the messaging, but wearing of a name is part of the uniform player agreement.
The Miami Heat standout had security called on him at his Disney World hotel for causing a disturbance, according to a report from Yahoo’s Chris Haynes.
Haynes says security received a complaint about a loud thumping going on. When the security guard went to the room, the guard encountered Butler with his practice gear on, drenched in sweat. Butler reportedly was dribbling a basketball the whole time.
Butler was said to have been in the NBA quarantine period at the time, which is a 48-hour period before players were allowed to move about the bubble environment.
The brouhaha between Jimmy Butler and TJ Warren seems like it happened years ago, but fortunately we could be getting a second helping in Orlando.
As part of the NBA’s seeding game schedule release for the planned restart of play in late July, it was revealed that the Miami Heat would play the Indiana Pacers twice in one week, bringing Butler and Warren back together. Retired Heat star Dwyane Wade took to Twitter Saturday to express his excitement.
In case you forgot, Butler and Warren got into an altercation when they last met in January, resulting in Warren being ejected. After the game, Butler called Warren “soft” and “trash,” saying that Warren could not guard him.
Wade, Butler’s close friend, former Chicago Bulls teammate, and successor as the star player of the Heat, will obviously be rooting for Butler in Round 2. The rest of us will be able to watch the beef unfold for ourselves as well when Miami and Indiana have their scheduled meetings on Aug. 10 and 14.
The selections for All-NBA forwards and centers present an interesting dilemma, as they strictly adhere to a two forward, one center format. In today’s position-less pace-and-space era of the NBA, it seems antiquated to require one center per All-NBA team. With the game speeding up and a premium being placed on spacing, there is a significant decrease in demand for traditional centers. Teams like the Houston Rockets don’t even believe in playing a center.
The NBA recognized this shift in basketball ideology by removing positions from the frontcourt of the All-Star ballot and allowing for three frontcourt players of any position to be named a starter. While this was a step in the right direction, no changes have been made to the format of the All-NBA teams, resulting in less deserving players on the All-NBA teams simply due to their position.
Miami Heat players will have no excuse if they don’t get any shots up during the NBA’s hiatus thanks to Jimmy Butler.
According to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Butler had a portable basketball hoop sent to all of his Heat teammates. Goran Dragic had been the only Miami player with a basket at his home prior to Butler’s intervention.
Butler also had hoops sent to coaches, and even players living in condominiums and hotels — including two-way contract players — received them. Butler also plans to donate some portable baskets to area schools and youth centers once the pandemic subsides.
Butler is famously competitive and demands the best of teammates and coaches. Clearly, when he found out that they didn’t have the means to stay sharp during the league’s hiatus, he felt he had to do something. It’s a pretty neat move by the star guard.
Embiid seems to be confirming his heel-turn. He posted a photo on Instagram that showed him shushing the crowd, along with a quote from Harvey Dent in “The Black Night” about dying a hero or living long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Jimmy Butler already recruiting Joel Embiid to the Heat.
Clearly Embiid seems to think he is becoming the villain.
The funny part is Butler, who was teammates with Embiid in Philly last year but is now with Miami, told Embiid to come to the Heat, where villains are welcome. The 76ers aren’t about to let Embiid go, and Embiid probably doesn’t want to leave. But Butler doesn’t mind tampering like that.