If you scroll through NBA Twitter, you’ll find plenty of people complaining about stars taking days off. The “load management” discourse is a long and winding road, sometimes overblown but sometimes heartbreaking, as young fans travel long distances to see their favorite players;
That was the case Tuesday night in Miami. The Heat were playing the Boston Celtics and Miami star forward Jimmy Butler was a late scratch with a back injury. As you can see, a little kid who traveled all the way from Argentina to see Butler was heartbroken to be told Jimmy wasn’t playing and wasn’t in the building.
The story does not end there, however.
Butler and the power of TNT Tuesday magic helped bring this kid down to the courtside seats where he met Heat players like Gabe Vincent and received a special Jimmy Butler jersey and basketball from the Heat. TNT’s Jamal Crawford also said that Butler had a surprise for the baby as well, but we’re still not sure what it is.
Perhaps even more so that he got to see the Heat’s monumental win over Boston (*clears throat/*) led by eventual NBA ALL STAR and ALL-NBA center Bam Adebayo. Adebayo had 30 points and 14 rebounds and the game-winning bucket in Miami’s 98-95 victory over the Celtics. Adebayo is now averaging 21.6 points and ten rebounds per game and is likely headed to Salt Lake City as an NBA All-Star.
A child named Felipe returns to Argentina with the memories of his life. One that got off to a bleak start turned into what is believed to be a dream day with the Heat pulling out the win in the end.