There are few shadowy NBA players like Jimmy Butler, and the Heat superstar lived up to his usual tricks on Monday by mocking a reporter at a press conference.
It all started innocently enough, with the reporter – apparently Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel – asking Butler if he found the rest of the Heat’s schedule difficult. Winderman has one point: five of Miami’s last seven opponents are themselves in the playoff race.
However, Butler took this question as an opportunity to poke fun at Winderman: “Maybe if your sorry ass was on our team, that would be difficult,” Butler laughed. “I think everything will be fine.”
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To his credit, Winderman took it in stride, and Butler’s beard was certainly in a good mood. He even said “I love you” at the end of his answer. The talented wing just finds ways to have fun at press conferences – whether it’s calling journalists, teammates, or even former teammates.
It’s nice to see Butler sticking around as a Heat jockey for the position in the Eastern Conference standings. On Monday, they are 35-30 and are tied with the Hawks for the No. 5 seed in the tight East. Both teams are 1.5 games behind the fourth-seeded Knicks and one game ahead of the Celtics, currently the Eastern play-in tournament seed.
Regardless of whether the heat program in fact difficult to move forward, Butler and Co. will have to bring their A-game to avoid slipping to the seventh seed. Otherwise, they’ll find themselves playing in the inaugural NBA Bubble-Free Play-In Tournament.