For a long time, Jimmy Butler had a bad reputation in the league. He was considered as someone who was a locker room cancer and destroyed the chemistry between players. But since joining the Miami Heat, everyone's opinion of him has changed a lot.
He impressed the media and fans alike during the 2019-20 season, where he carried the Heat to the NBA Finals. Many believed that it was a fluke and the NBA Bubble played a role in that.
Butler didn't let that chatter affect himself or his performance. Now, in the 2021-22 NBA season, he has once again led the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals. In an exciting Round 2 series against the Philadelphia 76ers, it was obvious that Jimmy was the best player in the series by far.
One of the biggest reasons why Butler is such a good player was explained by his teammate PJ Tucker. In the postgame conference, Tucker emphasized the fact that Butler is not afraid of big moments.
"He's never scared of the moment. And that in itself is a talent because I've played with guys who are really good but when they get in those big moments, they shy away and they don't really want it. And he wants every part of every moment. He's not scared at all."
It feels like apart from praising his current teammate, Tucker also took a shot at his former teammate James Harden. Tucker played alongside Harden during his stint with the Rockets and contributed well to the team.
Although Harden was unarguably one of the best players in the league during the time, he still failed to win an NBA title. More often than not, it was the former MVP's inability to close out games at crucial moments and sometimes completely disappear when his team needed him the most.