Just as Butler’s first try was scheduled to begin, Pat Riley, team president, and head of the franchise showed up on the sideline. Initially, in the first few rounds, Butler was killing but by the fifth round, his body just gave in.
Regardless, he was back the next day, 4 am, giving it his all, hoping that this test wouldn’t get the better of him. As a $140 million max player, a lot was on the line. Day in and day, Butler would show up to practice at 4 am, soon catching the attention of his teammates, who did nothing but offer their unprecedented support for him. It was this sense of support and camaraderie that gave Butler this sense of belonging.
The Strongest Bond Ever
Somehow, the relationship with Butler is different and Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra simply love him. It’s hard to understand, but over the past 25 years, a bond like this hasn’t been seen. As the third player in Miami Heat franchise postseason history to score at least 40 points.
The Perfect Fit
Butler’s teammates, which included everyone from rookie Tyler Herro to veteran Goran Dragic, had a great dynamic with him. In the fourth, it was a string of Butler jumpers that cemented that comeback win. Though Butler isn’t the best player to make the shots as his shooting score was rather poor, the team can still count on him. Luckily he made all four of his field-goal attempts outside of the paint in the fourth quarter of Game 1, including his second 3 of the night. These days, Butler barely worries about failing and grows more and more confident every single day.