Close is responsible for the basketball section on ESPNdeportes.com. He has been working for ESPN since 2003. He has officiated, among other tournaments, in the 2013 NBA Finals, 2011 FIBA Americas Pre-Olympics, 2009 NBA All-Star, 2009–10 Liga de las Américas, 2011–12, 2004, 2008 and 2012, and the 2006 and 2010 Argentina Prep for the World Cup. He is also a regular columnist for NBA and FIBA topics.
Jimmy Butler yells, fists show, and jumps up. The Miami Heat, ranked eighth in the East, accomplished a feat by eliminating the top favorites Milwaukee Bucks to win the championship.
Butler closed out his tally with 42 points, including a key double to tie the game in overtime away from home. Bam Adebayo pushes him away, Erik Spoelstra smiles, and Udonis Haslem applauds. Kevin Love stars in his own redemption story. Such is the position that Butler’s strange mark of 98 points in the last two games is something that hasn’t happened since Michael Jordan did it with the Chicago Bulls in 1993.
And it’s okay to mention Jordan. This is not by chance. Because Butler, at this start of the playoffs, is the game’s reincarnation of the GOAT. Sons of God in the Florida Peninsula, a crack in a script that seemed already written but still takes an unexpected twist that brings us back to the most magical thing in sports: the unexpected.
Butler is also a lesson that doesn’t show in numbers. This is a flesh-and-blood response to a theme that’s been around for a while: The regular series, dear Adam Silver, is too long a marathon for these times, and it’s clear once again that it’s not going to yield much profit. Time to give The players, coaches, leaders, and fans know it. Season after season, the one hundred meters that separate men from legends fascinate, lift spirits, and inspire.
That said, back-to-back nights rested and reduced intensity in several pre-playoff games only served to confirm what our guts were telling us today: We need too much of it and above. requires less.
Sport, dear friends, is constant emotion and ecstasy. Butler takes us back to the origins of our history with these memorable performances. For the electricity running through our veins with the game that made us prisoners of this passion as children.
Now you see me, now you don’t. Light outside. silence. Harry Houdini frees himself from the chains of public disbelief.
Butler is Jordan. Jordan Butler. They are united in two periods. An imaginary highway crosses generations, shelters them, and surrounds them: separate but equal. He is the one who was before him, the one who contemplates him, and the one who will be. When the unbelievable is true, when the wonderful happens, words describe it, but the heart feels it.
There are still people who can change the scenarios with their own hands. They push us out of the status quo, shake us up, wake us up, and remind us that we are alive.