Jimmy Butler makes loud declaration before Miami Heat enter playoffs

Miami Heat's star is sounding and feeling confident ahead of the start of another NBA playoffs.
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In a recent interview with SLAM magazine, Jimmy Butler opened up about his life and passions off the court along with where he feels this Miami Heat team stands heading into another NBA playoffs. 

Butler expressed a lot about striving to be the best at everything he does while being his authentic self. This includes his joy for coffee, tennis, dominoes, card games and of course, the game of basketball. He even explained more about the infamous “Emo Jimmy” side of him. A lot of Butler’s personality is based on his strong demeanor, which the Heat organization and fanbase have fully embraced.

This is something that Butler struggled with at other destinations, most notably the Minnesota Timberwolves. When it comes to his on-the-court personality, he just wants to win by any means necessary. He wants the best out of his teammates and he wants everybody to buy into his strong work ethic.

Ultimately this is what everybody should want out of a franchise player, in which Butler has done a great job leading by example. “Heat Culture” was always the most perfect match for a player like him. That gritty, tough and determined mindset to always be competitive across the franchise, especially on the league’s biggest stage, is everything that Butler represents.

His leadership style has undeniably worked during his South Beach tenure. This is proven by all the postseason success in the Butler era, reaching two NBA Finals and a game 7 of an Eastern Conference finals in a four-year span. And in that interview with SLAM, he expressed that there is more unfinished business:

"It’s the time where people really gotta think about going up against the Miami Heat and myself. I know what I’m capable of. I know what my squad is capable of. And don’t nobody want to see us in a seven-game series anyways. We know that."

Jimmy Butler

Butler has averages of 24.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals across 64 playoff games as a member of the Heat since 2020. His individual stats have almost always drastically increased from the regular season to the postseason in each of his seasons here.

Miami finished the season as the East’s eight seed for the second consecutive season and will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first play-in matchup. This means that the Heat will ride this season’s playoffs as the league’s underdog yet again. Fortunately for them, it seems like Butler and the team like it this way.