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Jimmy Butler tried to play in jersey with no name on back

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.

Butler had been adamant about wearing a nameless jersey and not one with his name on the back. This was his compromise after he was informed that his preferred idea simply was not possible.

The veteran guard is averaging 20.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season.

Report: Jimmy Butler will not be allowed to wear no name on jersey

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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.

Butler explicitly said he did not want to wear his own name, so it will be interesting if he chooses one of the pre-approved social justice phrases in light of the decision.

The Heat guard certainly appears ready for the season based on his bubble activities. We just don’t know what will be in the back of his uniform yet.

Report: Jimmy Butler had security called on him for workout disturbance

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The work never stops for Jimmy Butler.

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.

This story probably does not come as a huge surprise. Butler is regarded as an extremely hard worker and reportedly has had difficulty with teammates who do not match his intensity. Even being in quarantine couldn’t keep him from getting his work in.

Butler, 30, is averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game for the Heat, which enter the resumed season fourth in the East.

Dwyane Wade looking forward to renewed Jimmy Butler-TJ Warren beef in Orlando

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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.

From LeBron James to Kawhi Leonard: the front court players most deserving of All-NBA

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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.

With that caveat in mind, here are my selections for the All-NBA forwards and centers. (You can see my 2020 All-NBA guards here)

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Report: Jimmy Butler sent all his Heat teammates portable basketball hoops

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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.

Joel Embiid embraces ‘villain’ role in Instagram post and Jimmy Butler wants him

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Joel Embiid is embracing his villain side, and Jimmy Butler is trying to recruit him.

Embiid on Sunday night shushes the Philadelphia 76ers home crowd after making a 3-pointer in the final minute. Embiid appeared to be sick of being booed and told them to “shut the f— up.”

After the game, Embiid said he was going back to his a-hole persona.

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.

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.