NBA star Jimmy Butler dropped a bomb in front of cameras next to his team’s locker room and will sting for a long time.
Jimmy Butler is an outspoken and frosty killer.
If eliminating the 76ers from the playoffs wasn’t enough, the insults that came after the series win on Friday would have stunned Philadelphia fans.
The Sixers’ death sentence was sealed by the star that the team let slip through their fingers Butler lost 32 points leading his team to a 99-90 win.
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Butler is known to walk away during a free will period when the Sixers were focused on preparing to upgrade Ben Simmons to a maximum extension, while also dealing with Butler, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick on the open market.
There has been conflicting reports about the circumstances surrounding Butler’s departure with some reports suggesting the Sixers have offered a five-year maximum extension. Other reports suggest Butler left without receiving a serious offer.
At the time, it was rumored that Butler and Simmons weren’t gelling because both players needed the ball in their hands and Butler’s notoriously aggressive training habits of demanding more from his teammates.
With Simmons looking well on their way to becoming a superstar, the team chose to build around the Aussie instead of Butler and signed Harris for a maximum extension because his offensive skill set complimented Simmons’ style.
Butler left and soon led the heat to the NBA championship.
That saga was the preparation for Butler to drop a brutal four-word sled as he walked off the pitch after winning the series.
As he passed the cameras parked in front of his team’s locker room, Butler yelled, “Tobias Harris on me?”
Speaking on the pitch moments after the win, Butler further trolled Philadelphia fans when he said he wanted to play alongside Joel Embiid again.
Any suggestion that he wanted to stay in Philadelphia is an iron fist for the Sixers – with hindsight showing that the Sixers’ decision to let him go was a complete disaster.
“I love him. I’m proud of him. I would still like to be on his team,” Butler said.
“I love the Miami Heat, though.
“I have so much respect and love for Joel Embiid.”
Bleacher Report’s Bryan Topoek posted Butler’s cheeky suggestion “just added insult to injury” on Twitter.
Embiid responded in the post-match press conference saying, “I still don’t know how we let it go.”
The 76ers haven’t made it to round two since 2001.
The Heat will face defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks or the Boston Celtics for a spot in the NBA Finals.
Miami reached the conference finals for the second time in three seasons since Butler joined the team after the 2019 season, when the 76ers basically decided to let him go.
Originally published as Jimmy Butler’s four-word sled is utterly brutal