Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler wishes the NBA would let players play tougher and get into more brawls. Many former players think that the league has gotten "soft" and that it would be better if the NBA allowed players to go harder.
"I don’t think so. There are some real rivalries out there. I just think the game has changed in a lot of ways. They’re not letting you get into no brawls no more. Nobody’s going to let you do that. I wish that they would let us do that a little bit, if I’m just being honest.
I really do think they’re still there. The game has just changed. It’s not as much banging and knocking people to the ground anymore. You can’t do it like that—you get a flagrant 1, a flagrant 2, a tech, something.
I wish it would go back to that time," Butler told Complex Sports.
Butler on Pat Riley
Riley, the team president of the Miami Heat, would go to insane lengths during his career to motivate his New York Knicks teammates.
Butler was asked what's the most motivational ploy he has seen from Riley. "I can’t say he’s dumped his head in any type of cold water, but he has a way with letting me know. He’s coached the greats, he’s been around the greats, so you need to go about things the way that they did.
If they were great, one of the best of all time to do it, they know what they’re doing. I’ve seen it. I’ve been around it. He’s not throwing it in your face, but he’s just letting you know if you want to be great, if you want to win a championship, you want all of this, this is how you have to do it.
We always buy in because he’s always right. If you’re talking about the Knicks or the Lakers, he’s been around those teams and those players. So it’s like, you know what? Maybe he’s right. There are not many times that he’s down there talking, but when he is, everybody’s so locked in because it doesn’t happen often," Butler said.
Also, Butler revealed that Andre Iguodala got him into the crypto world. "Yeah, probably [Andre] Iguodala. The dude is a genius in more ways than one. Obviously, basketball talent, yeah. Overall, good dude. Great dad. But it’s like, if you have any question about crypto or what to invest in, that’s who you pick up the phone and talk to," Butler revealed.