It is an added benefit for the 30-year-old veteran at the moment, as he deals with the strained left shoulder that limited him to 23 minutes in Monday night’s series-clinching 99-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers. “I’ll be OK, figure this thing out, do more and more treatment on it every day,” Butler said, with the Heat now with an extended break before the second round of the NBA playoffs that, for them, likely won’t start until the weekend. “Armando Rivas is my guy. He always takes great care of me.”
Rivas, one of 37 members of the team brought into the NBA’s quarantine bubble at Disney Word, amid the coronavirus pandemic, has been with Butler during each of his NBA stops, serving as an assistant athletic trainer with the Chicago Bulls, then an athletic trainer/player preparation and recovery liaison with the Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by a stint with the same title with the Philadelphia 76ers, and now as an assistant athletic trainer with the Heat.
"My shoulder was hurting a little bit after last game," Butler said, having missed two games in February with a strained right shoulder, an injury that kept him out four days. "It was hurting before the game. But as I was warming up, I was like, 'Maybe it'll loosen up,' and maybe I'll be able to play at 100 percent or whatever it was. "It wasn't the case. I went to the back, did a little bit of work. And then we decided, 'You know what? We're going to go out there and just lock in on defense.' I think I did that."
Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, told The Miami Herald on Friday: “Jimmy had his final scan yesterday. And we understand what he’s dealing with. And he’s working his butt off to get back on the floor ASAP and to be ready for the playoffs.”
Tim Reynolds: The initial reads on all tests performed on Jimmy Butler's foot/ankle have not revealed any major issues, source says. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said pregame today that Butler is in rest and recovery mode.
Eric Woodyard: Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is listed as out vs. Milwaukee tomorrow (right foot soreness), according to the latest NBA injury report.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said Tyler Herro and Jae Crowder went through a full practice today. Jimmy Butler did not practice today, but he is feeling better. Herro's availability for tomorrow's game will be determined based on how he feels over next 24 hours.
Miami HEAT: #MIAvsPOR UPDATE: Coach Spo says Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill will be available for tomorrow’s game vs the Blazers. Tyler Herro (ankle) and Jimmy Butler (shoulder) both missed today’s practice. Coach Spo doesn’t expect them to play tomorrow.
Tim Reynolds: Erik Spoelstra told reporters in Sacramento a little while ago that Jimmy Butler's MRI on his shoulder came back clean, and that it's time for treatment and rest.
As for the shoulder injury, Spoelstra mentioned the possibility of a Thursday MRI. According to a league source, the injury isn’t considered to be serious and the plan is to see how Butler’s shoulder feels Thursday morning before making a decision to move forward on the MRI.
Anthony Chiang: So, Jimmy Butler will play tonight. Heat starting Herro, Robinson, Butler, Adebayo, Leonard. Also, the Heat has Goran Dragic back tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury update for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic: Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic questionable. Bam Adebayo (right ankle soreness) probable. Justise Winslow remains out.
Barry Jackson: On Butler hip soreness, Spoelstra said couple days of treatment will "serve him well"
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow’s return will have to wait. And Jimmy Butler also out vs. Trail Blazers miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says Goran Dragic (sick) will not play tonight. Jimmy Butler is at the AAA and is preparing to play.
Ira Winderman: Heat hurting. For Sunday vs. Rockets: Jimmy Butler (left foot bruise) questionable Justise Winslow (lower back stiffness) questionable KZ Okpala (left Achilles tendinitis) out Derrick Jones, Jr. (left groin strain) out
Ira Winderman: As expected, it will be Heat Lite tonight in Charlotte on second night of preseason back-to-back: Jimmy Butler (Illness) Out; Goran Dragić (Load Management, Right Knee) Out; James Johnson (Conditioning) Out; Kelly Olynyk (Right Knee Bruise) Out; Justise Winslow (Rest) Out
Derek Bodner: 5:30 pm #sixers injury report: - Jimmy Butler (out, back tightness) - James Ennis (out, right quad contusion) - Joel Embiid: questionable, left knee soreness.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers’ @Jimmy Butler (back) and @Joel Embiid (knee) are questionable for tomorrow’s game at #Bulls
Matt Velazquez: Jimmy Butler is listed as out for tonight with back soreness. Brett Brown says Joel Embiid is a game-time decision.
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Brett Brown says Jimmy Butler’s foot was bothering him late, which is why he didn’t return with about 4 minutes left.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers coach Brett Brown expects Butler, Embiid and Chandler to all play tomorrow vs. #Lakers.
Harrison Wind: 76ers coach Brett Brown says Jimmy Butler isn’t playing but is in the air right now on his way to Denver to join his teammates on the bench for tonight’s game.
Tom Moore: #Sixers hand out medical update saying Jimmy Butler 'is seeing a specialist in Los Angeles for further evaluation and will join the team in Denver.' Joel Embiid will miss Saturday game vs. #Nuggets.
Shams Charania: 76ers star Jimmy Butler will see a specialist for his sprained right wrist today in Los Angeles, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.
The hope is that rest and rehabilitation will be enough to take care of the problem, sources said, and prevent Butler from missing significant time. The Sixers are in the midst of a brutal stretch in their schedule that sees them face 12 consecutive teams with winning records, including a four-game West Coast trip to face the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings beginning Saturday.
Serena Winters: Jimmy Butler is out tonight (mild right wrist sprain). Butler had experienced some discomfort after last game & is receiving treatment. He is currently day to day (and questionable for Weds. game).
Serena Winters: Jimmy Butler questionable for tomorrow’s game with a rib contusion. Joel Embiid still listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.
Serena Winters: Lots of #Sixers updates for tonight’s game. Joel Embiid is questionable with left knee soreness. Jimmy Butler is out with an upper respiratory infection. Wilson Chandler is out with an upper respiratory infection.
Keith Pompey: As of right now, Jimmy Butler’s status for today’s game will be a game-time decision. #Sixers vs. #Cavs
Serena Winters: Jimmy Butler (strained groin) will not play tonight. Furkan will start in his place. Mike Muscala will play tonight.
Kyle Neubeck: Brett brown says he does not yet have any information on Butler’s injury and still needs to get together with the medical staff
Keith Pompey: #Sixers swingman Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable with a sprained left ankle on the team’s game notes.
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler is expected to be available tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Christopher Hine: Tom Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler is playing tonight. Jeff Teague is still out, “day to day.” Tyus Jones will return tonight after a one-game absence.
Dane Moore: Jimmy Butler is questionable to play this evening due to an illness. He did not speak to the media after shootaround and I did not see him in the hallways. I don’t know if he is/was in the building this morning. But usually, with Jimmy, you know.
Tim MacMahon: Thibs on decision for Jimmy Butler to skip this trip: “I knew going in, looking at the schedule, where we were and the amount of time he’s practiced, I knew we would talk after the game. It’s what I wanted, too. Obviously, I wanted his input, but I wanted to be smart about it.”
Tim MacMahon: Jimmy Butler didn’t make the trip to Dallas with the Timberwolves. Thibs said decision to rest him was made when they talked after last night’s game. Team announced it this afternoon.
Jimmy Butler (precautionary rest) will not play in the Wolves' game in Dallas on Saturday night. The Wolves are making sure to bring Butler along slowly after he missed much of the preseason so they will be giving him the game off on the second night of an early season road back-to-back.
Mark Medina: The T-Wolves game notes listing Jimmy Butler out tonight because of offseason surgery on his right wrist. I wonder if there's another reason 🤔
Jon Krawczynski: Exactly what Butler had addressed has not been specified. But it is clear it was his choice to have the procedure. He is not at USA Basketball in Vegas this week.
Thibodeau said Butler experienced just “general soreness” in his knee at season’s end, but won’t need any other procedures after he had February surgery on his meniscus.
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said Butler had "just general soreness" w/ knee after season, said he won't need any other procedures, praised his toughness for changing team's fortune and "culture" during 47-win season
Jimmy Butler (12.0 ppg in this series) is dealing with a sore right wrist he refuses to discuss in addition to coming off of knee surgery. "Nobody really cares if you're nicked up. If you put on that jersey and go out there and play, you've got to produce. You've got to do what they got you here to do. So 40, 50, 95, 100 [percent], I'm out there playing. Nobody cares if I'm nicked up or not."
Kyle Ratke: Thibs says Jimmy's "a go." He'll warm up, but it sounds like he'll play tonight. No update on minutes.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is planning to return to Minnesota’s lineup Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers to begin his comeback from February knee surgery, according to two people familiar with Butler’s decision.
May 26, 2022 | 12:37 pm EDT Update
And the Rivers rumors? Seems the players, and perhaps general manager Rob Pelinka, too, would rather see an experienced, win-now coach on the sidelines. “If LeBron could pick,” the executive said, “it’s pretty certain he’d pick Doc.” The exec was quick to point out that the Lakers had hoed to be united on the coaching front, considering their last foray into a coaching hire, in 2019, was bungled. The team pursued Ty Lue then but would not meet his contract request, and lost out on Monty Williams to Phoenix almost at the same time. Recently fired coach Frank Vogel was the Lakers’ third choice.
Most of the front office, it seems, has zeroed in on Darvin Ham, with former head coaches Terry Stotts (Portland) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn) also in the mix. Ham was briefly an assistant with the Lakers, and according to league sources, he is the favorite of the Phil Jackson-Kurt Rambis layer of Lakers decision-makers. “I think those guys want a young coach they can mold a little bit,” one Western Conference executive told Heavy.com. “I do not think Darvin is a pushover by any means. I just think that they want a guy they can point in the direction they want to go, more traditional basketball, using Russell Westbrook a certain way.”
“A lot of teams would rather have that Detroit pick than the Dallas pick, you have more flexibility with second-rounders and they won’t be that far apart,” one GM told Heavy.com. “If they can make a pick swap only, and it costs them the Dallas pick next year and the Detroit second-rounder, it is a lot to give up, but that could land them in the Top 4. It is a significant move for them.”
Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice reported this week that the Nets are expected to defer their right to the Sixers’ first-round pick (No. 23 this year) to instead register in next year’s draft, and sources around the league confirmed that with Heavy.com. That does not mean it’s likely that the Nets will make that pick next season, though. It could be a valuable trade chip.
“There is too much for them to figure out to be able to make that pick this year,” one NBA source told Heavy.com. “They want young players to bring into the mix, Sean Marks wants to draft guys. But he’s got to think about winning a championship while he can. If you can put off that decision, it’s the right thing.”
During an interview Wednesday on the Stoney & Jansen Show, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer James Worthy, a three-time NBA champ, was asked what he thinks of today’s game and its heavy reliance on the three. And Worthy said the NBA has been diminished by “the rush of guys not going to college” — or at least not going for more than a year. “I mean, Kareem had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah (Thomas) had some years with Bobby Knight. So you learned the fundamentals,” Worthy said. “Not only that, you learned how to live. You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college, there’s a lot of things. When you don’t get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound. All they do is practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet and go on social media. That’s it.
“So you don’t have that sound player; you have an athletic player. And that’s what’s happening to the game. It’s a lot of ISO and looking for mismatches. Bill Russell told me one time, they had five options off of one play. You don’t see that anymore.”
Worthy was also asked what’s wrong with his former team after LeBron James and the high-priced Lakers missed the playoffs two years removed from winning it all. “The Lakers, I think they have refused to build over the years,” Worthy said. “We’ve had some good players: (Brandon) Ingram, (Julius) Randle, (Lonzo) Ball. We have tried to win quickly. In Kobe’s last few years, we brought in (Steve) Nash who was a little bit older, Dwight Howard came in with a back injury. We traded away draft picks to try to win immediately and I think they’re going to have really think about how they need to build.