The real story behind Jimmy Butler’s blank jersey statement

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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler made a gesture of silence before Saturday’s bubble opener against the Denver Nuggets. Instead of wearing a traditional jersey with a name tag, the former Marquette Golden Eagle wore a blank variant.
Butler was eventually asked to change into a jersey with a nametag, but his message was sent. Like other NBA players, he highlighted social injustice in his own way.
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According to the Miami Herald, all parties involved were aware that Butler was planning to make the statement, including Heat and NBA President Adam Silver.
We have the best leadership in professional sports between [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver and [National Basketball Players Association executive director] Michelle Roberts, Butler’s agent Bernie Lee said before Tuesday’s game between the Heat and Boston Celtics at Disney World Sports Center in Lake Buena Vista told the Miami Herald. We talked a lot about Jimmy’s selection in the weeks leading up to the first seeding game, and the results you see are the result of those conversations.

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It wasn’t what people wanted at the beginning, but the results reflect the times and how well everyone has adapted. I think Jimmy was given a platform and an opportunity to make a statement that was very important and powerful to him
Many players in the bubble choose to have unique messages sewn on the back of their jerseys to highlight social injustice around the world, and that’s exactly what the NBA has done. But Butler, however, wants his jersey to have no name on the back.
Via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
He explained his jersey request in July, saying, “This shirt is going back to the way I was.” . If I wasn’t who I am today, I’d be no different than any other person of color.

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Butler this battle to create a number of records than the shoulders of King James Jordan

The 2020 season Heat defeated the Lakers 115-104 to win Game 3 of the finals. The number one contributor to the Heat’s win was undoubtedly Jimmy Butler, who scored 40 points and 11 rebounds plus 13 assists. Butler not only led the team to win the game, but also set a number of records.

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First of all, it was the first time in his career that he had a triple-double in the playoffs. The only players who have scored 40 points plus a triple-double in a single game on the Finals stage were Jerry West and LeBron James. It is worth mentioning that Butler is the first player in NBA history to score 40 points plus a triple-double on the Finals stage and lead his team to win the final game.

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In addition, Butler was able to contribute 29.3 points, 7 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game after his first three career Finals games, shooting 58% from the field, 40% from three and 90.3% from the free throw line. In NBA history, Butler is only the second player to be able to put up such numbers in his first three career Finals games, the other being Michael Jordan.

Not only that, Butler also became the second player in Heat history to record a triple-double in the Finals, the first being James (4). He is also the first player in nearly 51 years to score at least 40 points and 12 assists in a single game in the Finals, the last being West on May 6, 1969.

Meanwhile, Butler became the third player in Finals history to slash 40+ on 70%+ shooting, with the first two being Chamberlain (May 7, 1970) and Irving (June 14, 2016). It is worth mentioning that Butler also became the first player in Finals history to slash 40+ triple-doubles on 70% shooting.

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The game, Butler’s own points and assists to teammates combined to 73 points, this data can also be in the NBA Finals history of the second place. In the matchup with LeBron, Butler didn’t fall short either. Butler even finished the finals single game scoring, rebounding, and assists for James in the three data, completed the full surroundings. In LeBron’s career, this is the first time he encountered such a situation in the finals.

So after the game, the emperor also said when evaluating Butler’s performance: “I like playing against him, he is one of the most competitive players in basketball. I don’t know how many more chances I’ll have against such a strong competitor.”

Butler then responded to James by saying, “I feel like he’s made me give it my all too many times.”

Butler’s first finals tied with James for first in NBA history

Jimmy Butler proved his toughness once again, leading the Heat to beat the Lakers again almost by himself with Dragic still not back and Adebayor not finding his form, bringing the big score to 2-3 and postponing the ready championship presentation. How strong is Butler? The first time in his career to participate in the finals, he has a data with LeBron James tied for the first in NBA history!

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Although Butler led the Heat to beat the Lakers in G3 of the finals, the Heat still defeated the Lakers in G4 despite the comeback of Adebayor to make many people think the series will end in G5, especially in the case of Dragic still not ready to come back, many people even before the start of G5 have begun to long for LeBron James’ championship speech. But, once again, Butler came out and said no.

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On a night when James scored 40 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists on 71.4% shooting, Davis also scored 28 points and 12 rebounds on 60% shooting, and even Pop scored 16 points, Dragic was not back and Adebayor only scored 13 points and 4 rebounds in 38 minutes of playing time, but it was the Heat who had the last laugh. This is certainly related to the excellent performance of the Heat’s shooting group led by Duncan Robinson, but in this game the Heat still had no advantage in front of the Lakers in terms of three-point shooting, and the Heat beat the Lakers again for only one reason, and that was Butler.

A lot of people were marveling at James’ efficient and comprehensive performance in this game, but Butler’s performance was also very good. In such a high-intensity battle of survival, Butler only rested for a total of 48 seconds, hit 11 out of 19 shots, shooting 57.9%, such offensive efficiency for a core guard is already very high, and he also got the highest 12 free throw opportunities and hit all of them, got 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals and a cap of Triple-double stats, only 3 turnovers and 2 fouls, assists and steals were the highest in the game.

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This is not Butler’s first 35+ triple-double in this finals, he got 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists on 70% shooting in the finals G3, becoming the first player in the history of the Heat to get 35+ triple-doubles in a single game in the finals, achieving a feat that was not achieved by LeBron James who reigned as the Finals MVP in the Heat. Now, Butler has got 35+ triple-double for the second time in this series, the only player to have gotten a triple-double in this finals so far.

How hard is it to get a 35+ triple-double in a single game in the Finals? In the long history of the NBA before this season only a total of four times to accomplish such a feat, the first is the 1969 finals in the seventh game Jerry West got 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, the second by James Worthy in the 1988 finals in the seventh game, the other two belong to LeBron James, in 2015 in the G2 and G5 are picked up such numbers. In other words, today’s Butler is already tied with James for first place in NBA history in terms of 35+ triple-doubles in the Finals! This is only Butler’s first trip to the Finals!

These numbers show how tough Butler is when he is “alone”. At that time, Butler’s task was not over yet, his Heat was still down 2-3, in G6 the Heat still faced a huge pressure of “renew or go home”, but two wins should give the Heat’s young players some confidence, Davis’s injury is also a huge advantage for the Heat, Butler can lead the Heat to repeat the story of 2016. Can Butler lead the Heat to repeat the 2016 Cavaliers’ story?

Butler reveals jersey number story: For those who have inspired me

Miami Heat All-Star forward Jimmy Butler shared the story of his jersey number in a recent interview.

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Jimmy Butler now wears No. 22 with the Heat in honor of former teammate Tye Gibson, “He was one of the toughest teammates of my career and he taught me a lot about how to be a professional player. Sometimes people choose jersey numbers to inspire themselves, and Tye Gibson was one of those guys.” Butler was teammates with Gibson from 2011-2017 with the Bulls, and the two reunited with the Timberwolves during the 2017-18 season and early last season. Jimmy Butler has worn No. 21 since entering the league, while Taj Gibson wore No. 22 during their time together.

“I wore No. 33 at Marquette, and in high school I wore No. 1 because of Maddie. My best friend wore No. 33, he’s my brother and lives with me. His family has always helped me grow up and I’m grateful for that, so I chose my friend’s mom’s favorite player Larry Bird’s No. 33 jersey.”

“I chose No. 21 in Chicago because I was drafted 21st overall. I played with a guy named Joe Foles in college and he wore No. 21. Without him, I wouldn’t have made it to the league.”

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“I wore No. 23 in Minnesota because I was in the Jordan Brand family at the time. I didn’t mean to compare myself to Jordan in any way, but I think Jordan wore No. 23 once in Chicago and then he left for another team. And I left from Chicago, so I thought I should try wearing No. 23 NBA jersey.”

Butler, who has found a home in Miami after stints in Chicago, Minnesota and Philadelphia, averaged 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in 19-20 before entering a lockout in which the All-Star helped the Heat finish fourth in the East with 41 wins and 24 losses.

What is Butler’s strength?

The Heat’s Jimmy Butler, known as the league’s “tough guy”, is not only tough, his character is also vicious, full of a defiant energy. The previous “fight” with Jokic was a big deal, and later in the game “dislike” the team’s head coach caused controversy, many fans once listed him as the team’s number one “prick The team’s top “prick” was once listed by many fans.

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A while ago, there were many rumors about Butler’s trade, mainly because of his “irrational” behavior. This season’s regular season, the Heat’s record is high in the East first, Butler although the data performance is not bad, averaging 21.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.7 steals, but three-point shooting rate of only 23%, a career low.

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So, what exactly is Butler’s strength? In fact, the playoffs are the real stage to test a “tough guy” like Butler. Butler’s performance in the regular season has been moderate, once the playoffs, he played very tough, whether it is to take the Timberwolves to the playoffs, or to join the Heat in the first year to lead the team to the finals, are enough to show Butler’s real strength.

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Although previously suffering from a lot of controversy, Butler still showed the team’s core temperament when the playoffs really came. In the G2 game against the Eagles, Butler played 39 minutes, shooting 15 of 25, cutting 45 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers, 0 fouls, such a “superb” performance almost let the opponent completely “suffocated”.

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It’s no exaggeration to say that Butler has always been an underrated player in the league. He looks so inconspicuous at times, but actually contributes a lot to a team, which is why the Heat are willing to extend him early.

In the summer of 2019, Butler signed a 4-year, $142 million contract, and then renewed his contract with the Heat early in the summer of 2021 for 3 years and $146 million, so that the 33-year-old Butler is actually holding a big 4-year, $184 million contract, totaling more than RMB 1.1 billion. The contract takes effect next season and expires in the summer of 2026.

In addition to making a name for himself and his price, Butler is also very happy off the court. Although he is a “prick” on the court, but his private life is very low-key, even many fans do not know that he has an innocent girlfriend to accompany. The “mysterious” girlfriend of Butler has given birth to a daughter for him, and the two have a very sweet relationship. I believe many fans did not expect that “tough guy” Butler has such a spontaneous side.

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Besides O’Neal and Jordan, whose jerseys have been retired in the history of the Heat?

Jersey retirement is the team’s recognition of a player’s contribution, as a way to honor a player, retired NBA jerseys numbers are no longer used by the team’s players, the NBA’s 30 teams have nearly 200 retired jerseys, the most is the history of the Celtics, has retired 22 jerseys, and the other giants are just half of the Green Army 11 pieces, the other retired big players Blazers, Pistons, Kings are retired 11 pieces, today we will talk, the retired 5 pieces of Heat jerseys.

  1. Jordan

This is a rather odd practice, in April 2003 the Heat and Wizards game, Jordan on behalf of the Wizards against the Heat, the results of this game, the Heat retired his No. 23 jersey, to know that Jordan has never played for the Heat, until later learned that the original Heat president Pat Riley was Jordan’s dominance was deeply impressed, so for him to send the highest honor.

4. Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway is nicknamed the “bugs” in the first round of 14, 1989 show, height 1 meter 83, he is a famous master of the ball in NBA history, the vagaries of legs to dribble is his signature action, he played 13 years in the NBA in total, five and a half seasons is spent in the heat, in the heat of that time, his two all-star, A one-time all-Nba selection, the Heat retired his No. 10 jersey in 2009.

  1. O’Neal

In the summer of 2004, the Heat used a lot of chips to trade for the “Shark” O’Neal, who was at the end of his prime, and O’Neal was able to influence the Heat both statistically and mentally, and helped the Heat get the first championship in the team’s history in his second year with the Heat. He is still one of the best players in the history of the Heat, and in 2016, his No. 32 jersey was retired by the Heat.

  1. Chris Bosh

Bosh played in the Heat for 6 years, during which his sacrifice and pay, everyone is visible, as long as he is given enough rights, an average of 20 + 10 data is not a problem, the need for defense when Bosh can stand out, the key moment of the offense is never soft, the final moment of the final for Green “death cover”, now Still fresh in my mind, the biggest sacrifice in the Big Three is him, 2019, the Heat retired his No. 1 jersey.

  1. Mourning

After a bad time in Charlotte, Miami and Riley welcome Mourning with open arms, his arrival also makes the Heat really become a force to be reckoned with in the NBA, in Mourning’s Heat period, he was selected as an All-Star five times, twice elected the best defensive player, but also the best lineup and the best defensive lineup of regulars, but at this time he encountered two major roadblocks, one is Jordan’s Bulls, one is kidney disease, Mourning and Riley’s dynasty The dream is always a mirror, his No. 33 jersey was retired in 2009.

Why did the Heat retire Jordan’s No. 23 jersey?

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February 23, 2020, the 2019-20 NBA regular season is in full swing. The Heat hosted the Cavaliers in today’s marquee battle in the East. During halftime of the game, the Heat held a No. 3 NBA jersey retirement ceremony for the team’s all-time legendary superstar Wade. During his time with the Heat, Wade led the Heat to the Finals five times, won the title three times and was elected FMVP once, while Wade is also the team’s all-time scoring leader and assists leader. In this way, Wade’s No. 3 jersey also became the sixth retired jersey in the history of the Heat. The previous 5 people had 4 Heat celebrities, respectively: Tim Hardaway, Mourning, O’Neal, Bosh.

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So the question arises, who is the other retired jersey of the Heat? He is the great Michael Jordan. As we all know, Jordan is recognized as the first person in the history of the NBA. Jordan has played for the Bulls and Wizards in his career, won the NBA championship 6 times, was elected FMVP 6 times, was elected regular season MVP 5 times, 10 times NBA scoring champion, and 1 time NBA best defensive player. Whether it is honor or legendary, Jordan’s greatness cannot be surpassed. So here’s the question: Jordan never played for the Heat, so why did the Heat retire his No. 23 jersey?

In the 2002-03 season, Jordan celebrated his final season. During Jordan’s last visit to the American Airlines Center, the Heat held a jersey retirement ceremony for Jordan’s number 23 jersey. Pat Riley, who was the Heat’s general manager at the time, said, “In appreciation of your great accomplishments and impact not only in the NBA, but around the world, we decided to hang up the No. 23 jersey and no one will ever wear No. 23 in Miami again.” The Heat’s move to retire the jersey of a player who never played for the home team also set a precedent in NBA history, and no player or team has ever been able to do so again.

It is worth mentioning that in the summer of 2010, another great No. 23 player in NBA history joined the Heat, and he was LeBron James. As Jordan’s No. 23 jersey had been retired by the Heat, James had to choose his equally favorite No. 6 jersey. After that James had advocated that the entire league retire Jordan’s No. 23 jersey, but this suggestion was not adopted. After James left the Heat in 2014, James switched back to wearing the No. 23 jersey.

In addition, the Heat retired the No. 3 jersey of NFL Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino. As a local Miami superstar, Marino is very influential. It is worth mentioning that after retiring the No. 3 jersey for Wade today, the Heat may also retire Haslem’s No. 40 jersey and James’ No. 6 jersey in the future.