Pau Gasol gives Jimmy Butler ultimate compliment after taking Lakers to 6 games

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Former Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol is a class act.

Although he was undoubtedly happy to see his former team win the 2020 NBA championship, he also took to Twitter to congratulate Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on a great season.

When the 2019-20 season started, it looked like simply making the playoffs would be a successful season for a Heat team that largely consisted of young prospects.

Instead, they burst out the gate and claimed the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Then they impressed and inspired the basketball world by first upsetting the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in convincing fashion, then by reaching the NBA Finals.

Although the Heat lost the championship in six games to the Lakers, they can hold their heads up high.

Butler carried them the entire way, not just with his play on the court, but also by being an outstanding leader.

With the emergence of Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson, the Heat have plenty of reasons to be excited about the next few years.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.