"We’re Going To Win The F*cking Championship": Player Stands Firm Despite 2-5 Start

A 2-5 start is not the way a championship team usually begins the season. And yet, for one star player, he's not fazed by his team's abysmal record. 

"We’re going to win the f*cking championship," insists Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler. "I don't care what anybody says."

With a burning competitive fire equal to any player in the NBA, the 33-year-old Butler is holding firm that the Heat are a championship-caliber team, slow start or not. 

“Yeah, we’re 2-5, but we straight,” Butler told Sam Amick of The Athletic. “We’ve got time, man. We’ve just got to play with a little bit more urgency and realize how fragile this thing is, trust in one another and play basketball the right way on both sides of the ball. There’s a lot of good things, so I don’t get discouraged. I know we have these (good) stretches (in games), and it’s like, ‘Damn, they really can do it.’ We can do it. We’ve just gotta do it consistently.” 

The Heat made it to the NBA Finals in the bubble in 2020, and last year fell a game short of a return, losing in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics. 

This team is a bit different from last year's in that PJ Tucker is no longer around, Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro is in the starting lineup, weakening the bench, and Kyle Lowry is another year older. But don't tell all that to Butler. 

“[Go ahead and] Count us out. We’re going to win the f*cking championship. I’m telling you. I don’t give a damn that we started 2-5.”

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