“Will See Where He Is At” – Paul Pierce Slams Jimmy Butler for His Controversial Comments About Basketball Hall of Fame
Despite the fact that Jimmy Butler remained calm and led the Miami Heat to the 2023 NBA Finals, the Denver Nuggets were able to influence his emotions both before and after the games. One example was Butler’s lack of respect for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On the latest ‘KG Certified‘ podcast episode, Paul Pierce thought that what Butler said was rude because only a few NBA players get chosen for the Hall of Fame. However, Pierce also mentioned that Butler might have said those things in the heat of the moment, and his opinion could change in the future.
Paul Pierce on the comments from Jimmy Butler
“You cannot disrespect the HOF. It is a hell of an honor. I mean, not everybody gets there. I think he (Jimmy Butler) will rethink it. You know, he still got a long career. In the end, he will see where he is at,” Pierce told Kevin Garnett.
"Based on [Jimmy Butler's] Playoff performances and stuff, he got the 2 Finals— yeah, he a Hall of Famer."
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett discuss Jimmy's response when asked what it would mean for him to be elected into the HOF.
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The Hall of Fame is where the very best players are honored. Legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Bill Russell, and Michael Jordan, among others, are forever remembered for their tremendous effort over many years.
Even though the 6-time All-Star has played in the last 2 NBA Finals, he hasn’t won a championship yet. He has received individual awards like All-NBA and Defensive Team honors multiple times, as well as the Most Improved Player award and the Steal Champion title. However, Butler still hasn’t achieved the ultimate goal of becoming a winner in his 12-year NBA career. If Damian Lillard joins the Miami Heat this summer, it could greatly improve Butler’s chances of competing for a championship.
Skip Bayless on Butler
Skip Bayless claimed that Hall of Famers should never be questioned about their nomination, and because of that, he wouldn’t consider Butler as one of the top players in the league.
“After these past 10 games, does he even belong in the Hall of Fame? If I have to think twice about it, you don’t belong in it. He’s never been in the Top 10 in MVP voting. He got one top-three vote, but it was a solitary, single vote,” Bayless said.
Jimmy Butler said that he is 'not worried about the Hall of Fame:'
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Despite the fact that Bayless recognized Butler as one of the best players on both offense and defense, he did not consider him a top-tier superstar.