The “business trip” is nearly at the end of it’s projected journey and for skeptically Jimmy Butler fans, the narrative has rapidly changed.
Widely regarded as an all-around talent and one of the grittiest perimeters defenders the league has witnessed over the past decade, the ultra-competitive Butler has also developed a stigma for making some of those around him uncomfortable by going the extra mile to prove that he is the toughest guy in the building.
Despite achieving all-star success with the Chicago Bulls and earning the respect of his peers, the writing was on the wall for the ultra-confident Jimmy Butler.
Three teams in three years. Unable to get over the Eastern conference semi-finals hump. Shouted naysayers and non-believers with nail and hammer at hand, ready shut the coffin door of the 31-year-old, five time NBA all-star.
Become a better teammate and a overall eader or risk fading into NBA obscurity following the footprints laid by many other talented players that have preceded him.
Business is booming once again with a big face smile of course, and who can blame “The Butler” for rising to the occasion and raising the coffee prices on the grandest of NBA stages — delivering large size, No IOU’s performances against one the game’s all-time greats’ and old foe LeBron James.
Denied and sent home twice (2013, 2015) by King James during his eight NBA postseason run, Butler is serving up Heat including, overpriced and overdue Latte’s to LeBron and a Lakers squad widely expected to sweep a banged-up Miami team for a historic seventeenth (17) NBA championship.
With the Larry O’Brien trophy prematurely peeking out of it’s custom-made Louis Vitton case and the confetti blasters ready to crown the King for a fourth-time, Butler served-up and delivered the latest entree from the Big Face Coffee room.
A delightful and masterfully crafted second triple-double of the 2020 NBA Finals to help the Miami Heat stave-off elimination with a big 111-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in game five.
Butler’s smooth french pressed “Cafe au Lait” 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals triple-double on 11-of-19 shooting and a perfect 12-of-12 free-throws — did most of the talking, outlasting LeBron’s 40 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to force a game six and cut into the Lakers 3-2 series lead.
“We live for these moments, like the work that we put in, we built for this, we been doing this all-year long, this just didn’t start in the bubble.” a fatigued and confident Butler responded to reporters during his post-game interview.
An underdog his entire career, Butler is turning heads by leading the Miami Heat in all major statistical categories with averages of 29 points, 10 assists and 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals through five games.
In fact, the only other player to accomplish the feat is LeBron himself against the mighty Golden State Warriors.
“We ain’t backing down, we ain’t shying away, we gonna go on the other end and do what we do. We still fighting, we in it to win it and we’re not scared of nobody.” concluded Butler.
Indeed, the type of confidence you would expect and require from the undisputed leader of a team filled with unheralded Herro’s and under-appreciated, get it from the mud players eager add to LeBron’s highly-debated NBA Finals career and lift the Heat’s fourth NBA title in the last fourteen seasons.
NBA Finals outcome aside, the Jimmy Butler narrative has changed for the better and regardless of what happens just remember “No IOU’s” and “Cash Only” at the Big Face Coffee house.