Jimmy Butler is keeping his eyes on the prize, not the Eastern Conference Finals trophy.
Jimmy Butler’s job isn’t over yet. After the Miami Heat’s victory over the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, securing their spot in the NBA finals, Miami center Bam Adebayo offered to hand Butler the trophy during the trophy presentation.
However, Butler declined, stating that he would “hold the next one.”
Bam offers Jimmy Butler the ECF trophy and he says “no” then says “I'll hold the next one” ?
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In his interaction with the media, Butler expressed his dissatisfaction with merely winning the Eastern Conference finals, stating that the reason Coach Pat and Coach Spo brought him to Miami was to compete at a high level and win championships.
“I just know why Coach Pat [Riley] and Coach Spo [Erik Spoelstra] wanted me to be here,” Butler said. “That’s to compete at a high level and win championships. … Nobody’s satisfied. We haven’t done anything. We don’t play just to win the Eastern Conference. We play to win the whole thing.”
“I know the work that we all put in to it, so I know what we’re capable of…we don’t play just to win the Eastern Conference, we play to win the whole thing.”
"I know the work that we all put in to it, so I know what we're capable of…we don't play just to win the Eastern Conference, we play to win the whole thing." ??@JimmyButler speaks on his ultimate confidence pic.twitter.com/4uAWUO3Whw
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He emphasized that winning the Eastern Conference was not enough, stating that they played to win the whole thing.
Butler’s attitude and confidence were praised by Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who credited his leadership with the team’s return to the NBA finals. Spoelstra noted that Butler has the ability to instill confidence in everyone during critical moments.
“You have to have a guy that you can hold on to, particularly in those moments of truth,” Spoelstra said of Butler. “I’ve said this before, there’s no way to quantify the confidence that he can instill in everybody.”
Jimmy definitely has the heart of a champion. It will be interesting to see how the Heat fare in the Finals against the Denver Nuggets.