Just days before the start of training camp, the Miami Heat held an introductory press conference for Jimmy Butler. Heat President Pat Riley joined him for the conversation.
Riley spoke about the adversity Miami faced since the 2014 NBA Finals — the departure of LeBron James and Chris Bosh’s career-ending blood clots. He said that Butler is a top 10 player and that “we want to win and we want to win big.”
In a bit of revealing information about the rotation, Riley joked that he fined Justise Winslow $50,000 for saying that he wants to be the starting point guard for the team. But he added that, “We have an All-Star at that position. I don’t think he should have expressed it that way.”
Pat Riley on Justise Winslow saying he wants to be the starting point guard: "We fined him $50,000 and we gave it to Goran."— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) September 27, 2019
Riley also said that Kelly Olynyk is still rehabbing from his knee injury while playing for Team Canada. “Sometime during training camp, he will be ready to hit the floor,” Riley said.
For his part, Butler recounted how Dwyane Wade told his fellow Marquette alum that the culture of the Heat fit him. The four-time All Star also talked about his reputation around the league, saying, “I’m not an asshole like everybody thinks I am.” But he said that he doesn’t know why other players don’t take things as seriously as he does. Hopefully that will mean Butler will lead the way in ensuring his team doesn’t produce mind-boggling defensive lapses.
Jimmy Butler on why he chose Miami, and how “#3 was like this culture fits you” pic.twitter.com/usLnoNiQhU— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) September 27, 2019
Jimmy Butler: "I'm not an asshole like everybody thinks I am."— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) September 27, 2019
Miami has gone a combined 209-201 since LeBron James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. The Heat are still far from a championship contender, but at least have a superstar in his prime. Subbing in Butler for Josh Richardson and trading away Hassan Whiteside — essentially, what the Heat did this summer — is a net positive for the team.