Jimmy Butler once again believes the Heat will win a championship this upcoming season, despite Miami”s quiet offseason.
The Miami Heat are fresh off another unexpected run to the NBA Finals last season, but they don”t enter the 2023-24 season with many expectations.
After losing key contributors in Gabe Vincent and Max Strus and failing to pull off a big trade for Damian Lillard, the Heat are going to have to find new ways to string together victories.
It”s clear, though, that Jimmy Butler isn”t concerned about Miami”s roster at all.
Butler was instrumental in guiding the Heat on another deep postseason run last season, and as long as he”s on the floor for Miami, they will have a chance to win, especially once the postseason rolls around.
While there was a lot of chatter suggesting that Miami could make a big trade this offseason, Butler didn”t seem very worried about the front office”s lack of moves, as he once again guaranteed the Heat would go on to win a championship.
This offseason did not go the way Jimmy Butler expected. His new haircut to begin NBA training camp shows he’s still not over the Damian Lillard trade.
After carrying his team on a Cinderella run to the 2023 NBA Finals as a No. 8 seed, Butler saw Damian Lillard request a trade to the Miami Heat to give the franchise the push it needed to win a championship.
Lillard did not get traded to the Heat, instead going to the Milwaukee Bucks in a blockbuster deal last week that revitalizes one of Miami’s biggest contenders in the East.
Days later, the Portland Trail Blazers flipped Jrue Holiday to the Boston Celtics.
All the Heat did this offseason was lose key contributors Gabe Vincent and Max Strus in free agency while signing Josh Richardson.
If the Heat expected to win a title this season, things aren’t looking promising entering the new year.
Butler is wearing his emotions on his sleeve entering training camp. Or more appropriately, his hair.
Butler showed up to media day on Monday with a new look emo haircut. He said the haircut represented his emotional state.
Even Emo Jimmy remains as confident as any player in the NBA. He predicted the Heat are still going to win the championship this season.
Yes, we’re really about to have pictures of Butler in this haircut all season.
Butler even has the Heat playing songs by The Used at media day. He’s really leaning in:
Butler also posted songs by contemporary emo bands The Front Bottoms and Hot Mulligan on his Instagram story:
Last year, Butler showed up to media day in dreadlocks. He didn’t play in dreadlocks, so unfortunately, we can’t expect him to play in his new emo hair. Still, it’s a hilarious look for picture day.
Butler continues to be the king of NBA media day. Unlike last year”s long dreadlocks, Butler went back to the early 2000s and for his hairstyle.
Fans on social media were in shambles due to the Heat star”s ridiculous look.
In addition to his new haircut, which will likely be in all NBA graphics this season, Butler also had the classic eyebrow piercing.
He told reporters during his press conference that his new look explains how he feels.
With the Heat missing on Damian Lillard, Butler will have to carry the team again this season.
Miami also failed to acquire Jrue Holiday, who was traded to the Boston Celtics less than 24 hours ago.
Two of the Heat”s biggest rivals, the Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks getting stronger is not the best news heading into training camp.
Social media, especially X, formerly known as Twitter, blew up after Jimmy Butler”s new hairstyle.
A lot of fans cannot get enough of “Emo” Jimmy, who might be even better than “Long Dreads” Jimmy from last season.
Here are some of the best memes and reactions to “Emo” Jimmy:
One fan blamed Damian Lillard for Butler”s current state of mind, as well as the current state of his hair:
Dame really got bro acting different.
This fan also blamed Jrue Holiday for what happened to the six-time NBA All-Star:
Dude went emo after Dame and Jrue moves sent him into depression smh
This Heat fan didn”t blame Dame or Jrue, but Portland Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin:
Joe Cronin turned Jimmy Butler emo.
This fan is still in shock and cannot believe it was Butler”s real hair:
Wait the emo jimmy butler picture is real lol
We”re going to end up in the Finals and this time we”ll win it,
The Heat will have a much harder road to the NBA Finals this season considering how the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics improved their roster.
Miami barely made any improvements and the team”s relationship with Tyler Herro might need to be repaired first.
Butler firmly expressed his feelings on Miami”s failed attempt to acquire seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard this offseason.
I was excited and then angry and then sad and then excited again and then pi–ed off and then sad again, and now I”m excited,
I don”t tell anybody how I feel. I just handle it accordingly… I am happy for Damian Lillard… I’m gonna go beat Dame, Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and [Milwaukee Bucks coach] Adrian Griffin on our way to a title.
After a three-month chase to pry Lillard from Portland, Miami lost out to the Bucks, who acquired Lillard from the Blazers in a three-team deal including the Phoenix Suns.
Ultimately, the Heat”s inability to secure Lillard could prove to be a blessing in disguise.
With Butler and fellow All-Star Bam Adebayo off limits in trade discussions, Miami would have needed to gut their roster for Lillard to land in South Beach namely by parting with former Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro, who is coming off back-to-back 20 PPG scoring seasons.
Miami spent most of the summer painting Lillard as the player destined to get them over the hump in the East.
With Lillard out of the picture, the Heat move forward with a core that has advanced to the conference finals in three of the past four seasons, remaining a legitimate contender to hoist the Larry O”Brien trophy this year.
I know what I”m capable of and what my guys are capable of,
We”re going to end up in the Finals and this time we”ll win it.