Jimmy Butler’s absence from the NBA star list was clearly not because he was deceived.
Instead, it is reported that Butler chose not to go because he is strongly convinced that Miami teammate Heath Bam Adebayo should have been chosen.
Ethan J. Skolnik spoke with Greg Silvander in the podcast Five on the Floor, which dealt with a number of heat issues, with Skolnik explaining why Butler’s name is missing from the star selections.
“For those who wondered why Jimmy is not listed in the star team [Kevin] Durant came out and was [Domantas] Sabonis, I can tell you that the NBA wanted to nominate him (Butler) in the All-Star team, “said Skolnik.
After urging Sylvander to ask him the real reason, Skolnik said the team̵
“He wasn’t going unless Bam was going,” Skolnik said.
Butler was selected for the All-Star Game five times before Adebayo won his first selection last year during his breakthrough campaign.
This season, Adebayo played in 31 games and delivered strong numbers, averaging 19.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. He also took a strong leadership role in his fourth season with the team.
Butler is in his second season with the Heat and is largely considered the team’s leader since his arrival.
This year, he has played in only 21 games due to the health and safety protocols of COVID-19, but averages 20.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
A number of players have questioned the league’s planning for this year’s All-Star Game, and the league continues to have problems with the ongoing pandemic.
Butler’s problem with not playing in this year’s competition is obviously more focused on the support of a teammate, a position that is likely to strengthen the relationship between the two Heath stars.