Miami Heat All-Star center Bam Adebayo believes teammate and fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler is one of the most misunderstood players in the NBA.
During an Instagram Live session, Adebayo was asked if he thought Butler was misunderstood.
“Yeah,” Adebayo answered. “I can say he is just because if people don’t really know Jimmy, everybody is going to think he’s an [expletive]. But you got to get to know him. Like he can have his [expletive] moments, but he’s a very down to earth dude. The bottom line is he wants to win and he wants to bring other people with him to win. Like he doesn’t want that joy for himself.”
Adebayo continued to explain why Butler is a good fit in Miami.
“I feel like our organization gave Jimmy a vision of what he wanted,” Adebayo said. “Jimmy is one of those hard-nosed, gets-it-out-the-mud type of guys. Our organization is built off of guys like that, built off of guys who go through a brick wall to get a loose ball and do anything that it takes to win. I feel like Jimmy fell in love with that type of energy and that’s why he’s so calm and I guess manageable, I guess you can say. He’s in a place where he fits in. It’s him being comfortable.”
Butler, who joined the Heat during the offseason, has played for three different teams in the last three seasons. He is averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game this season.