'I'm not for everyone': Jimmy Butler on evolving with the Miami Heat

You recently had your 10th triple-double in Miami, breaking LeBron James’ franchise record. How has your overall game evolved in Miami o...


You recently had your 10th triple-double in Miami, breaking LeBron James’ franchise record. How has your overall game evolved in Miami over the past two seasons?

I think it speaks more to the people I can pass the ball to, because those are the guys who give me my assists – the guys who kick the ball past me, or give me open looks or set a big screen for me attack downhill. That’s where a lot of my points come from, then smashing the glass, getting on the offensive boards, my big boxers. Every time they fight there, I can come to the top and get the rebound.

So all these triple doubles, they definitely come from my teammates, them allowing me to do it. But more than anything, as long as they’re victory oriented, I don’t care if I succeed [James’s record] or not. There’s one thing I haven’t surpassed him for yet, and that’s the number of championships he’s brought to this organization.

You’d rather have an assist than a winning shot, right?

Yeah. I am no longer a scorer. I’m more of a facilitator keeper, and I like it that way. I love it, because we have a lot of guys who can put the ball in the basket, so I let them shine and I accumulate assists.

When does a teammate gain that confidence, that in your head you know you can give them the ball when it matters most?

I think it builds over time, but you see how many more passes we make, not just from me to somebody else, but from somebody else to somebody else, to someone else they know, if you’re open, you’re gonna get the ball. So it’s confidence all around the board, all around the dressing room, all around the floor – knowing that if you’re open, somehow the ball will get to you.

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