Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler bows to Kyle Lowry…at golf

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler rarely admits he’s inferior in any competition.

He did, however, acknowledge teammate Kyle Lowry’s golf game.

“He loves to play golf,” Butler said. “It’s absolutely boring because it’s the only thing he knows he can beat me on. That’s where the conversation goes whenever it comes to competition, it’s always: ‘You can’t beat me at golf.’ Other than that, I think the guy is amazing.”‘

Butler later added, “Literally, I can beat Kyle at anything else, but not golf.”

Butler took advantage of his media session to emphasize the importance of Lowry’s presence. It has made an impression since its acquisition last summer during an exchange.

“We know what he’s doing on the pitch,” Butler said. But I just think about how he handles everyone on our team in the dressing room, making sure the mood is always light, everyone smiling and happy. I didn’t know he was capable of it, but he does it very well.”

BUTLER TAKES JAB AT SPOELSTRA

Butler refused to waste the occasion.

He was eager to give his coach, Erik Spoelstra, a shot during Saturday’s NBA All-Star media session. Here’s what he said about playing for the opposing team against Spoelstra.

“I’m glad I can be with a real coach like Monty Williams here for a change,” Butler joked.

Butler will play for Williams on Team LeBron while Spoelstra will manage Team Durant.

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“No, it’s going to be fun,” Butler said. “I’m going to talk trash. and I can’t get in trouble for that. He’s the enemy at least for this weekend and I’m definitely going to take advantage of it.”

After the ribs, Butler praised Spoelstra, who led the Heat to the top seed in the Eastern Conference despite multiple injuries. Butler said Spoelstra deserved to be named one of the top 15 coaches in NBA history.

IS HEAT REALLY UNFAVORABLE?

Among the hot topics of NBA All-Star Weekend, the Heat slipped under the radar.

Not so fast, Butler said.

As the media picked up that narrative, Butler said he knows the rest of the league respects the Heat.

“I don’t think so,” Butler said. “We’re like No. 1 in the East. We don’t fly under the radar. I think people know we’re good. Whether they believe we can win or not, I don’t think anyone skips Miami. on the schedule. I think it’s going to be a dogfight, it’s going to be a good game whatever game we’re in. Right now I don’t think we’re being overlooked.

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