A year ago, Jimmy Butler changed the team for the third time in three years, missed the All-Star lineup for the first time since 2015, and left a “stab, full of grievances, or hardship in people’s minds. (Or all three) image of a teammate.
一年前，吉米·巴特勒（Jimmy Butler）三年来第三次更换球队，自2015年以来首次缺席全明星阵容，并留下了“刺痛，充满不满或苦恼。 （或全部三个）队友形象。
But these days, in Joel Embiid’s tweets, Butler seems to have been rehabilitated; and some people from the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves may be watching Butler and his Miami Heat. The team's finals and want to know what will happen.
Heat coach Eric Spoelstra and Butler's Heat teammates have repeatedly praised Butler's leadership, especially during the rematch. Butler often said that he didn't care about words or reports about him, but people around him knew that this was not true at all.
Butler listens to what is said about him, which has inspired him throughout his time as a star.
This article records the evaluation of Jimmy Butler by some people who have worked with Jim Butler.
本文记录了一些与Jim Butler合作的人对Jimmy Butler的评价。
From the night the Bulls selected Butler with the 30th overall pick in the first round of 2011, Butler began his struggle. He has been adhering to this tenet throughout his basketball career: as long as he works hard, only the sky is his limit. As early as when it was difficult for him to find his rotation position under head coach Tom Thibodeau at the beginning, Butler was able to integrate into the already harsh Bulls locker room without any problem.
In the beginning of his playing for the Bulls, the discussion around Butler focused more on a tenacious role player, or part of a tricky team, rather than the focus of a strong team.
Gal Forman (the Bulls general manager at the time) said on draft night in 2011: "(Butler) is a very suitable person for us... This is based on his size and personality type, I think he It will suit our dressing room and the culture we are building."
Derrick Rose (the Bulls guard at the time) said in December 2011: "He (Butler) is very confident, and the kind of calm self-confidence, whenever and wherever he is, he always does It’s good. He can defend and play smart, especially as a rookie."
Thibodeau said in February 2012: "We liked him from the beginning. We like his attitude, method, his daily work style and style. We know he will get better and better. When he understands the league and the players He will only get better and better with the way the team is playing. He has a very serious attitude towards the game."
Thibodeau said in March 2014: "The best thing about Jimmy is his style. He will practice it over and over again, and he will not complain about not being able to play at critical moments."
Buzz Williams (Butler's coach at Marquette University) said in November 2014: "He is not conceited. He believes in the value of giving. He has been getting smarter than he did before. It’s much better. He has learned more than anyone thinks. He is proud of the skills he has honed and has always been like this... even if he was not a player in the NCAA Division League’s best team. He had never even been nominated for the best team in the division before, and he was not even a first team player. He was unknown."
Although the Bulls’ coaching staff praised Butler’s tenacity, the whole team still doubts whether he can enrich his arsenal and become the Bulls shooting guard under the premise that the team already has Rose, the new MVP. The final answer.
Then, after years of dormancy, Butler's achievements even exceeded the most optimistic expectations of the upper limit he could reach back then-even better than his iron fan expected.
Before the 2014-15 season, Butler rejected a four-year renewal offer of more than $40 million, which was actually only a few million dollars less than what he and his team asked for—he believed he could make money. To more. He was right. Butler finally signed a maximum salary contract worth more than $90 million the following summer. After signing a superstar contract, questions about the leadership of Butler surfaced.
Williams said in November 2014: "So far, Jimmy has won by betting on himself. So when they said,'We are going to give you a four-year $42 million contract.' Jimmy didn’t agree. He wanted to bet that he could get more than that, because he always believed in himself. So if you have a question before you, you can choose to bet on someone else’s promise or bet on himself. And you don’t know what other people’s guarantees are, why don’t you gamble on yourself? This is not for the Bulls or the NBA. I’m just talking about Butler’s mind.”
Joakim Noah (former Bulls center, who had left the team at the time) said in October 2017: "It took Jimmy four years to grow from being the 15th player on the Bulls, from a water fountain guardian to a team player. Star player. When this happens, I'm sure he and the team need to adjust, and the team culture will change."
In a game in January 2017, the Bulls were reversed by the Eagles with a 12-point lead. Then Butler and Dwyane Wade criticized some young teammates, which caused the conflict between Butler and some teammates for many years to erupt. Their decision to express their dissatisfaction publicly angered the Bulls' management and locker room.
Rajon Rondo (the Bulls guard at the time) said in January 2017: "The veterans who took me back then never complained to the media, they would directly tell their teammates. My goal is to treat me The things learned are passed on. The young people in the team should not be blamed, they have done their best. If you have to say who should be questioned, it can only be the leader of the team."
When Butler was traded to the Timberwolves in the summer of 2017, he was seen as the last piece of the puzzle for a potential contender. With former champions Carl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins as helpers, they returned to Thibodeau's account. Therefore, Butler, who appeared at the press conference held in the Mall of America, was highly expected. "We have formed the Big Three, with endless possibilities," Butler said at the time. "Let's do something for it."
Downs said in June 2017: “When you put together a bunch of talented players and they work well together, it’s enough to create a dynasty team. We’re talking about (Butler) But the top 15 players in the league."
Thibodeau said in June 2017: "He is one of the best offensive and defensive players in the league. Look at him. He is a three-time All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, and the best team player in the league. It is a tribute to his hard work and his dedication. He is a great person and a great leader. We are very happy to have him."
In the early days of joining the new club, Butler still achieved some results, and the Timberwolves also qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 14 years under his leadership. But shortly after the end of the season, Butler made it clear to Thibodeau that he wanted to leave Minnesota. Sources said that part of the reason was that he did not believe that Towns and Wiggins intend to make efforts to become champion-level players. The stability of each player during the season seemed a little insufficient.
In a fierce competition during training camp, Butler openly questioned his teammates and team executives. This behavior caused the lingering grievances that he had lingered in the early days of Minnesota to erupt completely. It also laid the groundwork for the management to send Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers a month after the start of the 2018-19 season. "Professional ethics" has also been added a new term-in this regard, he "maybe too much."
Ty Gibson (then Timberwolves center) said before Butler was traded in 2018: "The news that he (Butler) is leaving the team is like a right uppercut. I didn't expect this to happen. I don't know. , I thought everything looked good."
Thibodeau said in November 2018: "I have known Jimmy for a long time. Obviously, when we felt we had a chance to get Jimmy before, we must take advantage of this opportunity. After all, this opportunity to get the league’s top ten stars is rare, but we I also know that there is a risk."
Downs said in March 2019: “We don’t know what they say privately. I don’t know what the management talked to Jimmy, and I don’t know what Jimmy told the management. I just think that the two sides are at the end of a certain day. Concluded. If Jimmy wants to be traded as he wants, I hope that the trade will happen quickly, so that we have more time to prepare for our team and more time to shape our culture To prepare for our season."
In 18 months, Butler changed his club for the second time. Similar to the situation in Minnesota, Butler found himself in the middle of two young stars who had grown up. When he entered such a team with championship aspirations, his bad reputation in Minnesota also spread.
Elton Brand (the 76ers general manager said in November 2018: "We originally had two NBA top 20 stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Now we have introduced Jimmy Butler, he is the third player we got in the top 20 in the league and one of the best offensive and defensive players in the NBA."
埃尔顿·布兰德（76人队总经理在2018年11月表示：``我们最初有两位NBA前20名球星乔尔·恩比德（Joel Embiid）和本·西蒙斯（Ben Simmons）。现在我们引进了吉米·巴特勒（Jimmy Butler），他是我们进入联盟前20名的第三位球员， NBA最好的进攻和防守球员之一。”
Josh Harris (76ers owner) said in November 2018: "This city loves strong competitors and those who do their best to find a way to succeed. This is the principle that our team upholds on the court every night. They also Fits Butler's attitude towards life.
Brett Brown (the 76ers head coach) said in January 2019: "When you come to a team with Ben, Joel and JJ (Redick), you can’t always follow your own Meaning. As I have said to all of us over the years, things will not always be what you want."
After some early problems with coach Brown were reported, Butler still found a rhythm that suits him and established a close relationship with Embiid. But the 76ers lost to the Toronto Raptors, the final winner led by Kawhi Leonard in the second round, which also caused Butler to leave Philadelphia in that offseason.
In March 2020, Butler admitted when appearing on JJ Redick’s podcast: “(Last year) was a very different year....The situation is so different. On any given day, as a person, A player, TMD doesn’t know who is in charge here, I think that’s the thing I care about the most."
Embiid (76ers center) revealed to ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols in October 2019: "This (Butler's departure) is a huge loss because I am really close to him and we are still very close. , We talked a lot, he will always be my brother, I hope he is still in the team, because I think the friendship between me and him can keep us fighting together for a long time. Before when it was the fourth quarter, we I know that the ball will be in my or Jimmy's hands, I know I can count on him, I am not alone."
Heat coach Spoelstra has heard about the problems between Butler and his old club, but he values Butler's talents and professional ethics. After Butler promised to sign with Miami, the Heat brought the All-Star player to the South Coast through a sign-and-trade deal. Here, he will fit perfectly with a like-minded team.
Spoelstra said in February 2020: "We believe in Jimmy and what he is. Our team has many such people-if they are not in this system, people may think about them differently. I think Jimmy is like a 6-foot-7 Alonzo Mourning or Dwyane Wade. These people are very competitive, they just care about winning."
Udonis Haslem (Heat forward) said in February of the same year: "He (Butler) and us are both the same kind of people. The DNA in his blood shows who he and us are. And the strength of our team. He is the person we want to bring in."
Duncan Robinson (Heat forward) said in February of the same year: "It is not common to see a star of this level willing to give way, especially to create opportunities for young people. In one game, he only shot three times, but he We did all the other dirty work and we won. He will only do everything he can to win."
Goran Dragic (Heat guard) said in February of the same year: "We have established an excellent chemistry. We communicate often. I am very happy to be on the same team with him. He has been defending all these years. Me, these experiences make me a little uncomfortable. He is an excellent offensive and defensive all-around player... a great team player. He always tells you sharply what can be done better. I really like that."
Andre Iguodala (Heat forward) said in February of the same year: "When he was elsewhere, he was criticized for criticizing his other teammates, but if you put him in a group that really wants to do Next to people who have a career, look at what he will do for these people? He improved their competitive level, didn't he?
Meyers Leonard (Heat center) said in September of the same year: "He is the ultimate winner. Everyone who sees him will think,'Oh, my god, is he too fierce? Or is he? Is it such a bastard temper? "No, he is not. He is just a winner."