His response may have surprised reporters. The latter asked Jimmy Butler which of the newcomers to the Heat had impressed him the most during the preseason. It is true that the new faces are few but the local star leaned towards… Tyler Herroyet a member of the team for three years.
The explanation? » I believe Tyler Herro came back completely different and really stood out. I’m happy for him and proud of him. And he’s gonna be as important as anybody else in what we’re trying to do this year. “, develops the All-Star.
We could see a nice preview of this « new » version of the back, last night against the Pelicans. After a first preseason game with 22 points (7/14 on shots), 6 rebounds and 4 assists, he continued with 23 points (8/15), 4 rebounds and 4 blocks (!). Beyond his exterior address, he notably signed an authoritarian penetration on his left hand, ending with an acrobatic finish with this same weak hand.
Another notable fact: he started both games. Is the reigning best sixth man earning his place in Erik Spoelstra’s five? Jimmy Butler retorts that it is not up to him to decide.
In the same conversation as Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Ja Morant?
» The season is long anyway. I’m almost certain that the composition of the team will change from time to time, with the injuries, the Covid which is always there. Who knows what will happen? All that matters here is the mentality of being ready to take over. We have enough players every night so whatever the composition of the team, we are supposed to win “defends Jimmy Butler.
Holder or not, Tyler Herro attacks this new exercise with a new label on the back: his contract extension for 130 million dollars over four years. This amount came to confirm the status he wanted.
Last year, he notably declared that he should be quoted » in the same conversation “That the Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Ja Morant, all three All-Stars and extended at a high price.
His feeling today ? » Like I said last year, I don’t feel any different from them. How other people feel has no bearing on me and how I feel about myself. Being able to go out there and prove it is all I can do. People can talk all they want, my stats back it up and I’m going to keep improving. At the end of the day, there are a bunch of great young players in the league. I am one of them, and I appreciate anyone who places me in this category. »