Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler was heavily booed by Philadelphia Sixers fans on Saturday in his return to Philly.
The four-time All-Star played 55 games from the Sixers last season, the forward got multiple standing ovations from the Philly crowd during the 2019 playoffs.
Multiple reports have stated that the Sixers didn’t offer Butler a five-year max contract in free agency. There were also reports of tension between the team’s coaching staff and Butler last season and it played a role in Philly’s decision not to re-sign Jimmy.
Butler had a heated argument with Sixers head coach Brett Brown during a film session shortly after Philly acquired him from the Timberwolves. Both men downplayed the incident, but it’s clear the Sixers were content with moving on from Butler — something we know Jimmy took personally given how fierce of a competitor he is.
“To tell you the truth, I legit didn’t even pay attention, didn’t to much hear it. I heard people talking to me after the game was almost over, but I really don’t pay to much attention to it,” Butler said.
What was more important to Butler was how his interaction with his former teammates will be. In his postgame huddle, the 30-year-old star opened up about his close relationship with his former teammates in the City of Brotherly Love.
“Those are my guys,” Butler said. “Basketball is basketball, but this will and always will be a brotherhood. Those are my guys, I wish them the best, the absolute best. And to continue to play great basketball. As much as I want to win a championship. I want them to strive to win the exact same trophy. Those are always going to be my guys. Basketball is just what we do.”
Butler had a disappointing night as the Sixers demolished the Heat, 113-86. He finished with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. His shooting inefficiency cost the team the game, as his clip was at a terrible 31 percent.