Jimmy Butler’s sharp-pointed message to his Miami Heat brethren

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat reacts during the first half of their NBA game against Toronto Raptors(Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat reacts during the first half of their NBA game against Toronto Raptors(Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat prior to the game against the Charlotte HornetsPhoto by Lauren Sopourn/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat Must Play ‘The Right Way’ To Win Ball Games… End Of Story

But what does that even mean though?

It means that they have to play hard, purposefully, and with maximum effort at all times. That, quite literally, means for the entire 48 minutes or more, as alluded to by the Miami Heat’s anchor and captain, Udonis Haslem.

If all they are concerned with is doing their part to protect the brand, so to speak in that they should look to do what it says or stands for, then it wouldn’t matter who is on the other side or not, as the Heat’s approach shouldn’t change. That means that they play for one another.

That also means relying on more movement, ball and man, rather than one guy or another’s isolation ability. There will be moments where that is appropriate or the right play, but it isn’t always the right play because you are feeling it as a player.

And among all else, well, ultimately tying into the previous notion, it all falls back on one of Jimmy’s final thoughts here. They can’t get “so caught up — if we’re making or missing shots, or even if you’re touching the ball as many times as you want to touch it”, that they sacrifice the ultimate goal—winning a ball game.

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Now, whether he is talking to anyone in specific is up for debate or interpretation, but everyone should take heed of the message.