Double Sixers special coming at ya this weekend.
Tonight it’s 5-10 San Antonio, who were supposed to hold shootaround at the Palestra this morning but canceled for some reason. Tomorrow night, in a rare home/home back-to-back, Jimmy Butler returns to Philly with his 10-3 Miami Heat.
Jimmy hit it off with Joel Embiid during his time here, which was well known. In an interview with The Athletic’s Michael Lee, he talked about his admiration for the Sixers’ center:
After some tense, uneven months in Philadelphia, Butler found some comfort in the postseason, where coach Brett Brown repeatedly called him “the adult in the room.” And unlike his time in Minnesota, Butler connected with the young big man on the 76ers’ roster, Joel Embiid.
“Because that muthafucka is special. For real,” Butler said. “Any time I text him, which we text plenty, FaceTime, phone calls. I always tell him, ‘Continue to show why you’re the best player in this league.’ Because I saw it. I saw it. He can do everything. Like, legit, he can do everything. He works and I respect it. He works. And then he’s in the house. He’s with his girlfriend. That’s how you become the best player, you’ve got to be obsessed with it. And he is. He is.
Jimmy did not share the same relationship with Ben Simmons, who took a backseat in the playoffs while Butler was running pick and roll and late game isolation sets. We shall see if anything interesting is said on Saturday night about the offseason that saw Butler head to Miami while the Sixers gave out big contracts to Simmons and Tobias Harris instead.