The Miami Heat player opened up about his personal and team goals in the new North American League season.
Jimmy Butlerstar of Miami Heatassured at the Media Day of the National Basketball Association that The goal of his team is to conquer the ring next season of NBA and emphasized that the reason why he plays basketball is “to win a championship”.
After staying at the gate of the Finals in the seventh game of the series against boston celtics, Miami Heat A new season will start maintaining a block of guarantees and the same goals: achieve the fourth ring in franchise history. “I believe that This is what I play for, to win a championship“made it clear Butler In one of his first interventions in FTX-Arena. In case there were any doubts what the American challenge and motivation was.
Upon returning to the locker room, a noticeable absence was felt, the one PJ Tucker who chose to join james stiffened in Sixers: “The rest of us go on, PJ is a traitor”He commented between laughs Butler. “I love having the opportunity to play with him, to learn from him”he added.
There are many referents in the team, keeping the block formed by Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Hero Y Kyle Lowrybut above all of them a Eric Spoelstra who will face his fifteenth season as the franchise’s coach. On Media Day he will not be able to be with his family who became a father for the third timebut will join the team during the work week on Bahamas.
In the absence of the head of the dressing room, turn on all the lights butleron the one hand because of his new haircut, but also because it is the referred and true leader of this groupdespite the fact that he also tries to give the block a lot of prominence: “It’s not about me, it’s about the squad we haveWe have phenomenal scorers, great defenders, it’s not just about me.”.
In addition, also there was a lot of talk about Adebayo. At the end of last season, the Pat Riley He hinted that he should be more of a star in the offensive scheme, that he should look to the hoop, a challenge the center accepted: “I’ve been working on my shot. I want to take about 18 shots a game. I feel like we’re a better team when we shoot.”.
For now will have more responsibility, one that matches him when facing his sixth season and become a team veteran: “Everything is very different, because I am no longer one of the young people”. They will also go through some of their growth be a candidate for individual awardslike last year for Defensive Player of the Year, something that for him is not only in his hands: “That prize is political, I will try to be again before that possibility but it depends on those who voted”.
Recognition came adebayo also of Butlerthat had words of praise for your partnerwhich he considered “a team engine that we want to be more aggressive and will be”.
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