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ESPN’s hilarious Jimmy Butler graphic goes viral

Jimmy Butler in his Heat uniform

May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler looked just a little bit off during Friday night’s broadcast.

Butler and the Miami Heat faced off against the Phoenix Suns on Friday in a national TV contest that was aired on ESPN. At one point during the game, ESPN showed a graphic of the leading vote-getters thus far for the 2023 All-Star Game. Butler, who currently ranks fifth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in All-Star votes, was part of the graphic. But unlike the other four players on there (all of whom were displayed with their usual 2022-23 season headshots), Butler’s image appeared to be from [checks notes] the “NBA 2K” video game.

Take a look at the hilarious graphic:

There is actually a very plausible explanation for that bizarre image. Butler, perhaps the NBA’s master troll, showed up to media day engagements prior to the season sporting some ridiculous dreadlocks, knowing full well that the silly pictures that ensued would be used for promotional purposes all year.

Though Butler no longer has that hairstyle, he did succeed in getting his ludicrous images to air on television (among other places) multiple times.

But in the Year of Our Lord 2023, ESPN appears to have said, “enough is enough.” Butler got the last laugh though, posting 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists in the game for a 104-96 win over the Suns. He still seems to have plenty of fans at the network as well.

Fans have theory on why Jimmy Butler missed Heat game against Bulls

Jimmy Butler in his Heat uniform

May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler was listed as doubtful for the Miami Heat’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, and NBA fans think they know why.

Butler was originally termed questionable for the game but later downgraded to doubtful. He was dealing with a gastrointestinal issue.

What might have led to that issue? Clever fans think they know.

The Heat faced the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico on Saturday in the NBA Mexico City Game 2022. After the game, which the Heat won 111-101, Butler said he ate crickets while in Mexico.

Fans were joking about the reason, but let’s hope the issue is nothing serious. The 33-year-old guard is averaging 21.9 points on a career-best 52.9 percent shooting this season.

Jimmy Butler has great explanation for his wild hair

Jimmy Butler shows off his dread locks

Jimmy Butler is sporting a new hairstyle heading into the 2022-23 NBA season, and the Miami Heat star says his motivation for the look was quite simple. Butler wants to make people mad online.

Butler arrived in Miami for Heat training camp on Monday with the same long dreadlocks that he first unveiled over the summer. He humorously insists they are his real hair and not extensions. Butler told reporters on Monday that he is unsure if he will keep the hairstyle but is “just messing with stuff to make the internet mad.”

Butler later told Taylor Rooks of NBATV that the locks will be gone “sooner rather than later.”

At least Butler admitted that he is trying to get a rise out of people. One of his own teammates already had a great reaction to the new hair, and Butler is clearly enjoying every second of it.

Butler is entering his fourth season with the Heat. He averaged 21.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 57 games last year. The Heat lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Heat teammate had strong reaction to Jimmy Butler’s new hair

Jimmy Butler in his Heat uniform

May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler’s new hairstyle is not exactly a hit with at least one of his teammates.

Butler was recently pictured taking part in summer workouts, but the real story quickly became the forward’s new hairstyle. The Miami Heat star was seen showing off long dreads, a huge departure from his typical look.

It turns out that fans weren’t the only ones put off by Butler’s hair. Teammate Kyle Lowry admitted on Vince Carter’s “The VC Show” podcast that he got on FaceTime and asked Butler what he was thinking.

“I talked to him on FaceTime on Tuesday, and I said ‘what the f…’,” Lowry admitted. “He said, ‘These are on fire, yo. It’s fire.’ I said, ‘Bro. Come on.’ Anybody who knows Jimmy, Jimmy’s going to do whatever Jimmy wants to do.”

Lowry’s reaction is understandable. Butler has not made a change that radical in his entire NBA career, so the shift now is pretty jarring. We’ll see if he decides to keep it once the season starts. If he does, he’ll probably keep getting roasted for it, but he will have no problem sticking up for himself if that happens.

Jimmy Butler posts funniest highlight video of all-time

Jimmy Butler in his Heat uniform

May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler shared a video this week that would make the late Andy Kaufman proud.

The Miami Heat star went viral for a hilarious “highlight” video that he posted to his Instagram page. The video consisted of nothing but Butler missing shots in the gym (or otherwise screwing up) for nearly 30 seconds straight. Check out the clip, which we can safely dub an anti-highlight video.

The six-time All-Star Butler is about to enter his 12th NBA season in 2022-23. By now, he definitely knows not to take himself too seriously.

Butler is often a savage online when it comes to other players. But here, he is proving that he can dish it to himself just as well as he can dish it to others.

Jimmy Butler has profane response to PJ Tucker’s farewell message

Jimmy Butler in his Heat uniform

May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

PJ Tucker is heading to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Jimmy Butler is not happy about it.

The 76ers reached agreement with Tucker on a three-year contract worth $33.2 million on Thursday after Tucker officially opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat. Tucker posted a farewell message Wednesday to the organization and its fans on Instagram.

“What a year…True underdogs that really got it out the mud and went against all odds,” Tucker wrote. “Miami you will forever be my home and heat nation i can’t thank you guys enough for the love you’ve shown all year. Though our journey together has come to an end the love will forever remain the same.”

Butler issued his own less cordial goodbye to Tucker in a comment on the post.

“f— you and @joelembiid yeah I brought him into this,” Butler wrote.

Tucker averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game with the Heat last season, but his physicality and solid defense played a big part in Miami’s run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

Joel Embiid reportedly was in full support of Philadelphia’s pursuit of Tucker. He even singled out Tucker after the 76ers’ second-round playoff loss as the kind of player that the team needed in order to compete for an NBA title.

Butler hasn’t hidden his displeasure over the 76ers trading him to the Heat in 2019. He even reminded Philly of what they gave up after the Heat eliminated the 76ers this past postseason.

Heat interested in signing notorious Jimmy Butler enemy?

Jimmy Butler in his Heat uniform

May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat may be pulling a Kobe Bryant-era Lakers move and signing a guy who prominently feuded with their star player.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Tuesday that the Heat are considering a possible free-agent move for Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The ex-lottery pick Warren is best known in Heat circles as Jimmy Butler’s archnemesis. A couple years ago, the two players had an altercation during a Heat-Pacers contest, resulting in Butler absolutely ethering Warren in his postgame comments. But Butler got revenge in the playoffs later that year when the Heat swept Warren and the Pacers in the first round. Since then, we have not heard much about the feud between the two (perhaps because Warren has barely played in the last two seasons due to a foot injury).

During his last full season, Warren averaged 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. The Heat can certainly do worse than a player like Warren who hits threes, defends adequately, and is a dynamic off-ball cutter (especially since the Heat may be losing one of their top forwards in free agency).

Jimmy Butler spotted with top Heat offseason target

Jimmy Butler points on the court

Jan 22, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) controls the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Just two weeks after the Miami Heat’s season came to an end, Jimmy Butler may already be putting his recruiting pants on.

The Heat star Butler was photographed during the weekend with Utah Jazz counterpart Donovan Mitchell. The two were at the birthday party of Chris Brickley, a skills coach who trains both players. Impending free agent Carmelo Anthony was also among those in attendance.

Mitchell posted one of his pictures with Butler to Instagram as well as an earlier picture of him apparently working out with Heat big Bam Adebayo.

The photos caused a stir, as the three-time All-Star Mitchell is believed to be one of Miami’s top targets heading into the offseason. The Heat appear to be very serious about making a run at Mitchell via trade.

Mitchell, 25, is still under contract for four more years at $135 million. That means that Miami would probably have use players like Duncan Robinson or Kyle Lowry as contract-matching filler on top of some incentive pieces like Tyler Herro. But Mitchell has to want to come to the Heat first, and Butler may be planting those seeds right about now.

Jaylen Brown had incredible reaction to Jimmy Butler 3-pointer

Jaylen Brown shooting the ball

Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler took a questionable shot in the final seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat on Sunday night. The three-point attempt even took Jaylen Brown by surprise.

The Heat came up with a stop while trailing 98-96 with under 22 seconds left. They had a chance to tie or take the lead, and Butler went for the latter when he pulled up from the three-point line with about 17 seconds on the clock (video here). He missed the shot and the Celtics got the rebound.

Boston went on to win 100-96 and advance to the NBA Finals. Brown was asked after the game about Butler’s shot, and he said he was dumbfounded by it.

There is a big debate over whether Butler took a good or bad shot. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he liked it and that he thought it was going in. Some will argue that Butler had Al Horford on his heels and should have driven to the basket, possibly drawing a foul. Though, Horford is a good interior defender and it is hard to rely on a whistle in that situation. Butler had a clean look, and no one would have questioned the shot selection if he made it.

Butler finished with 35 points and played all 48 minutes in Game 7. It is easy to question his most costly decision, but he was the only reason the Heat were even in position to win.

ESPN writer had surprising vote for Eastern Conference Finals MVP

The Celtics' ECF trophy ceremony

Jimmy Butler’s superhuman effort in the Eastern Conference Finals did not go unnoticed by one ESPN writer.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was voted as the inaugural winner of the Eastern Conference Finals MVP Award after knocking out Butler and the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Sunday. It was not a unanimous decision though, as Tatum only got eight out of nine votes from the media. Tim Bontemps of ESPN dissented and gave his vote to the Heat star Butler despite Miami’s defeat. Even Heat writers Ira Winderman and Tim Reynolds both voted Tatum for the award.

Bothered by a knee issue, Butler performed poorly in Games 3, 4, and 5. But during Games 1, 2, 6, and 7, Butler was a dazzling comet shooting across the sky. He averaged 38.0 points per game over those four contests, including 41 points in Game 1 and his magnum opus with 47 points on the road in Game 6 to avoid elimination.

During Sunday’s Game 7, Butler was also Miami’s most consistent source of offense, pouring in another 35 points while playing all 48 minutes. He even had a chance to win the game and the series with less than 20 seconds left but just missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer (a shot that, in fairness, he had 110 percent earned the right to take at that point).

After leading the Heat to a surprise Finals berth during the Orlando bubble in 2020, Butler further cemented himself as an all-time playoff performer this postseason. Perhaps even more impressive was the way that Butler led Miami to a seventh game with five of their top six rotation guys (including Butler himself and Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro, who lasted just seven minutes on Sunday) being hobbled by injury. While this was obviously still a very disappointing way for the Heat’s season to end, at least Butler may have something to look forward to this summer.