Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler was absolutely phenomenal in his first season with the team but he felt he didn't deliver his promise after Miami fell short in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. On Sunday, the Lakers beat the Heat 106-93 in Game 6 to clinch a 4-2 victory and win their first championship in a decade.
Butler had a triple-double in games 3 and 5 to lead the Heat to two victories over the Lakers but he couldn't get the job done alone. "This is what my team needed me to do, the organization asked of me," Butler said, per ESPN.
"I told them that I would win them one and I didn't hold up my end of the bargain, so that means I got to do it next year. I told Coach Pat, I told Coach Spo I'm here to win one. I didn't do my job, so moving forward, I got to hold up my end of the bargain."
Butler happy to be a part of the Heat
In the summer of 2019, Butler left the Philadelphia 76ers to sign with the Heat. Before the season started, the Heat was considered a playoff team but not a real contender for the NBA championship.
But Butler led his team on and off the court by his example and work ethic and the Heat made their first NBA Finals since 2014. "This is where I belong," Butler said. "This is what makes me smile. This is what makes me happy.
I wish I could have done it for the city. I wish I could have done it for my teammates, for the organization, but I'm still glad that it happened." The Lakers finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference.
The Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, were considered as the biggest favorite for this year's NBA title. Despite the loss, Butler is optimistic the Heat will continue to improve and get better. "We're trending in the right direction," Butler said.
"We're going to learn from this. We're going to get better. We're going to come back. We're going to come back. We'll be back. That's what we're all saying in that locker room. We got guys that want to do it. We got guys that already want to get back in the gym and get to working at this thing. That's what we do here."