There are few NBA gamers who throw shade fairly like Jimmy Butler, and the Heat celebrity was as much as his ordinary tips Monday as he poked enjoyable at a reporter throughout a information convention.
It all began innocently sufficient, with the reporter — reportedly Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel — asking Butler whether or not he thought-about the rest of the Heat’s schedule tough. Winderman had some extent: Five of Miami’s last seven opponents are within the playoff hunt themselves.
However, Butler took that query as a chance to poke enjoyable at Winderman: “Maybe if your sorry ass was on our team it’d be tough,” Butler laughed. “I think we’ll be just fine.”
To his credit score, Winderman took it in stride, and the barb from Butler was actually good-natured. He even mentioned, “I love you,” on the finish of his reply. The proficient wing simply finds methods to have enjoyable throughout information conferences — be that calling out reporters, teammates and even former teammates.
It’s good to see Butler staying unfastened as his Heat jockey for place within the Eastern Conference standings. As of Monday, they’ve a 35-30 file and are tied with the Hawks for the No. 5 seed within the tightly packed East. Both groups are 1.5 video games again of the fourth-seeded Knicks and one recreation forward of the Celtics, at present the highest seed within the East’s play-in event.
Regardless of whether or not the Heat’s schedule is really powerful transferring ahead, Butler and Co. might want to deliver their A-game to keep away from slipping to the seventh seed. Otherwise, they’re going to discover themselves taking part in within the NBA’s inaugural, non-bubble play-in event.