is they will be away from home, but not too far from home.
They're still in Florida.
You know, the Miami Heat could win some games, could surprise some teams.
And, uh, I'm looking forward to seeing Jimmy buckets.
And these guys, like, you know, complete their season being the fourth overall team in the East.
Oh, there it is.
All right, coming in. Hot.
I don't like Angelique.
Matt Brooks? Yeah, the the pressure is on.
Then you better have.
Oh, listen the double down and do it across the board.
Why not? So we were just about to pivot our attention, kind into the playoffs now with the Miami Heat.
But if you want to put out your quick thoughts on I was I had asked Keys where Jimmy Butler was on the Minnesota Timberwolves to where he is now in the Miami Heat.
Just the for me.
It was a little bit of my perception of him changed a lot, but just the idea of how nicely he fit into Miami and so quickly after what felt like teachers said it an interesting choice of landing spot.
If you were Jimmy Butler, not looking to team up on maybe one of the primed rosters around the league and maybe seeing something in Miami's roster that other people didn't necessarily.
I mean, I think it's a fun argument for Miami.
Extra little bit between him and bam.
Like who? Whose team it is, who has that imprint.
Like who? It feels like a team of a little bit more cause they are like this, you know, im so fun to watch switches and he runs around moves well, but a they are like, you know, he's the perfect and, you know, this is of course, like I I don't know if I would have thought this when he was a free agent.
I definitely wasn't thinking this because they didn't have any money.
They don't know they had no capsule.
I had to do this ridiculous trade that I mean, you know, I'm sure he kind of organized because he didn't want to go back to Philly.
He Ah, yeah, he's the perfect guy for them.
Um, this year is kind of brought back Why? I live.
You know, I love Jimmy Butler so much.
I mean, he showed that a lot in the playoffs last year against the Raptors.
You know Kawai outdueled him, but he really put up a strong fight this year is doing more of the same.
Just a great ice player plays pretty well within the pick and roll and just a hard nose defender.
I think he's been a step better defensively this year.
So, um, I yeah, the playmaking is not up to.
I mean, they have all these young guys and they're all playing really well. I'm not saying it's because I am.
I think it's because there will coach.
But, you know, he's definitely moving it well and being a big part of that and letting other guys shine.
So I'm a huge Jimmy Butler fan like, I think I've said that.
I don't know if I've actually mentioned that on here, but I definitely one of my big things is being a Jimmy Butler guy.
Um, he was actually before I even knew that Katie and Kyra why I had a feeling Kyrie was coming.
But ah, I was right.
I wanted Jimmy Butler more than any free agent last summer.
You know, this is what we're just saying before about, um, my thinking on him from when he was in Minnesota.
And then it's time and Philly changed my perception of if, in free agency, the Nets want to pursue me.
All the sudden, I looked at him in a very different light.
Where and his words, the idea of that against the destruction factor and I it doesn't really fall on him.
And Keith articulated perfectly just about veterans mentality and being on top of guys to get better like this is how you win.
This has become better players, and Minnesota has struggled to find that rhythm.
So it opened me up, still know that idea of a Jimmy Butler on the Nets roster, then seeing what else could come from around that what was intriguing at the very least.
And then you said prior to head saying, Hey, we could also land Katya Kyrie if you want.
Well, I will say, Like what? Minnesota Philly like the I mean, he's been probably a little too outspoken about it, but he you know, you have the practice where he plays with the third string areas, and basically every name under the sun calls every soft that team is, and they were.
They play kind of soft. I don't know.
I right, that's everyone.
They spring seed Before he went down with injury that year, he went down.
I think in February was out for two months.
I remember the injury was and they drop all the way to the eight and they looked completely lifeless without him on Ben, Of course, they get killed in the playoffs by Houston, who I think could have won it that year.
And then the next year.
You know, this Philly team, they played pretty well.
But you hear all these things afterwards.
I mean, it wasn't just him talking about.
This was JJ Red**** of all people, who is like, you know, I mean, he's got a little bit of, ah, this as he gets older and older, I think he's got he's showing its side of, like, a little bit of snarkiness here and there.
But, um, he and Jimmy but yeah, he, Jimmy Butler did this podcast and they were talking about how the culture there is, like off, and there's no expectations.
Got you know, that they basically insinuated that Simmons and Embiid, I kind of do what they want and that's how that works there.
And that's the operation.
So the this is the personal process.
Oh, and by the way, oh, well, it's not.
It's not too similar right now.
Philly has had more success, certainly, but it's the same thing of young players.
That and we've had this really a theme that we've touched on a number of times, right, whether it's with Donovan Mitchell, just how the style of his game is developing with young players like indeed, and Simmons, where they go, you're our crown jewels like don't worry about it. This is your team.
You have nothing to worry about from day one, even though you haven't won anything yet.
And if you don't at least at some level of all, our expectation is very easy for those guys to run it.
And then when you bring in a veteran, you go.
He says, Hey, this is what we should do And they're like, Oh, God, that's not no, they told.
They told me, Brett Browns are our coach and we just kind of do whatever we feel like on a game by game basis.
Now, do you know crazy? That is when you look.
Yeah, they had Sorry.
No, I'm just saying it's kind of crazy.
Do you really think they have Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons like that flecked three top 25 guys know anything before you got on? I said that like, I don't believe in this universe.
But in some universe, the Sixers beat the Raptors and go on and win the final up last year with that team.
If that shot doesn't dry, I think there's some universe where I know there.
There's Philly Sixers fans saying, Man, that was our year to get it done well.
And what's and what's the ah, what's the sellers or buyers? Remorse for the 70 Sixers on Tobias Harris? You know, I know, I know.
Butler didn't want to be there, but it's like if you were picking who you were going to hitch your wagon to.
That Tobias Harris cart is looking far more bear than maybe people deal perceived it, especially that company player.
How about the Al Horford one that Lindsay hurt anymore? I am through there literally around opening that that amnesty clause comes back because he's gonna be gone first thing.
Yeah, I know for sure, anyway, so, yeah, I know.
It is so easy to derail around these things.
Okay, so now we look at the heat as their constituted.
They're coming into this restart like we kind of like we took a look at their yesterday out in the Western Conference.
They're sitting there, the four seed.
Really? The fact that the Pacers behind them have been decimated by injuries and or pulled out some players there.
So it feels that the Pacers are destined to be the team that is really just a filler over the course of the game.
Restart and the heat will play them twice.
I don't see because also, when you look at the Celtics, I believe, have what a couple of games in hand over them.
So moving their record and challenging for the three seed is not gonna be an option, either.
Eat are pretty much dead locked in there at the four.
Do we anticipate seeing the 70 Sixers rise up? And it will be that 45 matchup in the first round between between teams with some level of roster history there.
The who knows of them, who knows? They are the biggest wildcard knows what in beating Simmons you're gonna look like.
And if one of them shows up in the other, does it, if they both show together, like if they could do it for multiple games, um is gonna be interesting.
I'm still waiting to them, right? So then let's.
Let's go to step further, right, because you, because you're probably right.
70 Sixers are such a an enigma.
If you look at it now, then and say the Pacers maybe hold onto the five seed, that's probably the best case that you can make that I don't see the Nets or the Magic rising up.
They defend a flirty over the Gap, but so assume that the students, the Pacers, whoever is and the Heat come out of that first round.
Then you're talking about a second round matchup, most likely against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Does this roster does Miami's roster present challenges for Milwaukee? A team that at the very least has to, as people say, prove something proved that they could be dominant in the playoffs and get to a five channels? Is there any issue or concern that we go over to you first teeth.
Do you see any problems for Milwaukee with this Miami roster? No, I think they I think that really Miami.
Honestly, I don't I don't think I think they would love to see that matchup.
I think you're honest.
Will be smiling from ear to ear.
They would love to see the heat in that situation.
Yeah, I'm gonna I'm gonna also agree.
I So I had a guy on my other channel books, film room.
Um, and we talked about, like, potential playoff matchups.
And I thought it was like I was like, Is there like, a little off chance that Miami could do it? Because they do have ****, who was really good against your honest this year And like the matchup steps gonna show that.
And, ah, he was not even a little bit working.
He's a lifelong fan of them.
He was just like, Yeah, i e.
I mean, I think it's just like they have a lot of young pieces and there, I don't know, firepower wise, like I don't know like that.
Buck's defense is, like, historically great, like they're so unbelievably good.
And if you could just stick, I mean, if you can really stick any of West Matthews, Middleton and Johannes on Jimmy.
Question becomes like, Okay, it's Kendrick Nunn.
The next guy up.
Is it Joe Rajic? Is it like a I don't know, hero, Right? Who's gonna be ableto filled that void in any way, shape or form? Who's gonna be able to rise up and give him 20 points? 25 points against the books happened.
It feels like that. Shut down, Butler.
Then say anybody else? Anybody else? If you can do it, if you can do it more often than not had.
So I am really not even that because I think I'm trying to think of like who that is.
Just some teams that always have that one guy.
I'll say, like it's like the Wizards when Bradley deal is going off the all season long, right? But in a lot of these getting sick.
Crowder's Jae Crowder's the man.
When you look at your like mobile, it's like if you're a good team, you go.
Okay, Bill, take 50.
You know, whatever you want, whatever you want to get, because you can't score 110 against us and somebody else is gonna have to fill that in.
And when you're a good a great team like Milwaukee, you look at Miami.
Okay, Who else? Who else do you have that's going to complement this? Yeah.
I also will say secretly, the heat are like, not that great defensively.
They're, like, closer to the middle of the league, the top, Like you think it's like they owe the heat culture all this.
But they're really not like, Okay, they have some like I mean, the thing is is like they have two great defenders and then a lot of like, you know, unproven or just not Very good defenders.
Yeah. So it's weird mix.
It will be interesting to see if they at least challenge Milwaukee for a game or two of the course that serious, I tend to lean in the same direction.
I just don't I don't know.
It's a foregone conclusion, right? Like if Milwaukee is not in the Eastern Conference finals and looking at the finals, it just feels like something would have had to have gone horribly wrong for them over the restart in the playoffs.
Someone on their team would have had Teoh gotten hurt or contracted the Corona virus.
They are set up to run right through this.
So let's go. Let's just get out of here on this.
When you look at Miami overall, there a four seed we talk about Philly.
Being a disaster in some way should perform this year.
They fall in a little bit lower.
Indiana is gonna seem like they're going the wrong way.
Ah, Boston's in a good position.
Toronto's probably set to slip a little bit.
Maybe this trip the other team is obviously Brooklyn next year.
That's going to be in the upper echelon when they're healthy.
Where does Miami slot in next year? Are they? A 445 seed is as high as they can rise next season? Are they behind Boston, Brooklyn, Milwaukee and then maybe Toronto, Depending on how they shake out that, I think it all depends on the growth of Pam, and that's pretty like it's He can just hey starts shooting like that's that takes him like that next level.
I think he's like a top 35 inch guy right now, but if he's if you can start, really, I mean, he's a good good at what he does offensively, But if he starts stretching the floor a little bit, um, they become increasingly interesting.
I have a feeling able to do it cause he's just such a hard worker.
Like, I just wouldn't be surprised if you never use a freaky so at it.
If he consciously makes the decision to work on his game that way and become that kind of player, then I think they could take it another step.
But, like Adam was saying with the Nets sliding in there like, I think the Peter going to still be middle of the pack, maybe even take a step back, even be like closer, like a five or 60 next year.
LS for A For a team that going back 20809 has only one season below 500.
That's the kind of franchise model that I would sign up for if I'm basically almost any team around the league.
Consistency long 10 year coach to mention the top with Keith with pollster.
They're obviously Pat Riley has the pedigree, so there's something to like about the fact that they have the ability to remold pieces and find some level of sustained success, right? Yeah.
Can I just say they already owe? They're what they're doing right now is like keeping a playoff team and then there, very quietly, going to try to clean their books for 2021.
When there's a free agents, they do.
You want that? You want that? You want to be honest chatter.
You want that? You honest to Miami chatter? Is that what your office? I'm just saying, if there's a lot of their there's these stories about them going after all the Depo like, I think they're gonna be really shooting for 2021.
They're trying to get somebody, but I don't know what Jimmy looks like that, but there's others.
There's value in that 02 right, being able to retool without totally decimating your roster, still being a reasonably and in the East, right where to be in the West Pops? Possibly.
But just being a reasonable team in the Eastern Conference has tremendous value.
Be a middle of the road team for handful years, spike the free agency market.
Grab yourself Chris Bosh and LeBron James when a couple titles reboot head thing.
Rather, Jimmy Butler, you know, and see if you can and allow.
As he said the top, Let the appeal of Miami Beach Do you work for you with these free agents? Why I try to push the envelope on whether or not Milwaukee is a destination hub for a superstar like all the Depo.
Or be honest if you want to go that route.
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