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Star swingman Jimmy Butler got off to an early start on the first day of Miami Heat training camp.
Well, let’s ask Butler.
“Just a little extra work while y’all in your third dream. I like to get it in,” he told reporters after the first of two-a-days. “How did I get in today? I clocked in at 3:30. You’re asleep, right?”
Butler has become known as someone who is ultra-competitive and someone who longed to play for the Heat. He arrived this offseason via a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and has is continuing on with his usual dose of high energy.
“I just want to compete,” Butler said. “I just want to hoop. All the training is cool. But I want to get out there with my guys, talk a little bit. But more than anything, just compete. I think that’s why we do what we do over the summer. For real, it’s loading up for this. I think today was a good start.”
Butler, 30, is 6-foot-7 and viewed as one of the league’s top two-way players — meaning he cherishes shutting down opponents as much as scoring bushels of buckets. He has been successful at both.
But he has been traded twice in less than a year and sometimes his fire can rub guys the wrong way. That may change now that he’s finally somewhere he has wanted to be. So far, coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat have embraced Butler and he has done the same with them.
“Everybody is locked in. Everybody is helping. Everybody is talking,” Butler said. “A group full of leaders, and everybody is leading in different ways. They’re helping me way more than I can help them at this point. But I think that’s what the team is about. That’s what the team is for, everybody being there for each other.”