Former Miami Heat player Caron Butler is going to join Erik Spoelstra’s staff as an assistant coach. NBA insider and AP journalist Tim Reynolds broke the news earlier today.
Kind of a big sports day in Miami.
First, Kim Ng to the Marlins.
And now …
AP Source: The Miami Heat are hiring Caron Butler as an assistant coach to join Erik Spoelstra’s staff.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 13, 2020
Heat drafted Butler as the number 10th pick in the 2002 pick. He spent around 2 years in the organisation but stayed close to the front office.
Despite his shorter stint, he had a great impact on Dwayne Wade, who credits Butler for teaching him how to be a professional.
The two-time all-star had a 14-year long career in 9 different teams. He even became a NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks in the year 2011 when they defeated LeBron and Wade lead Miami Heat.
Butler played his last game in the NBA in the 2015-16 with the Sacramento Kings. He later became an NBA analyst.
Ex players and current players react to Caron Butler’s return to Miami Heat
Multiple ex players have reacted to the hiring of Caron Butler. Jamal Crawford was among the first to react to Butler’s hiring. Crawford took to twitter to express his delight over the same. Checkout his tweet below:
LOVE this for my brother @realtuffjuice !! He’s gonna bring so much knowledge, experience, toughness, from different perspective…and Low-key, the Heat take care of their own 👀💯. Love to see it! 🦈 https://t.co/gaPNrXaKxO
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 13, 2020
Ex- Boston Celtics star Kendrick Perkins also sent out a congratulatory tweet.
Congratulations to my brother @realtuffjuice on his new Journey!!! He’s going to be an ELITE addition to the Miami Heat coaching staff.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) November 13, 2020
Udonis Haslem, who recently announced that he is joining the Heat in a one-year deal, said to the Miami Herald. ‘It’s something that coach Spo and I talked about. It’s something that I had gotten wind of early on and I was on board, man. Not that they needed my blessing, but I was on board. You talk about who we are and what we are and what we embody, Caron Butler is somebody who brought me up under his wing.’
The addition of Caron Butler to the coaching staff of the Heat will be a big plus, given his experience in the NBA.
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