HEAT Media Day Quotebook

Derrick Jones Jr.
Photo Credit: Michael Reaves
by Joe Beguiristain

Well, the offseason is finally over.

On Monday, numerous outlets made their way to AmericanAirlines Arena for yet another media day circuit. And as usual, members of the HEAT posed for photos, took part in promotional videos and met with the media. Check out some notable quotes below.

Erik Spoelstra

On The Start Of A New Season

“It feels like a new team, a new opportunity. Even training camp going up to West Palm, [it’s] a new facility that we’ll be going to. And [we’ll] start this process together with the same thing in mind that we always have with this organization.”

On Jimmy Butler

“He’s a very good basketball player. Again, I’m not into labeling where he is, wherever. He’s top 15 on this planet, so that’s a good place to start. And he has proven himself to be one of the elite two-way basketball players in this league, so he’ll do it on both ends, he’ll back it up on both ends and he’s not going to shy away from big moments. That’s what this building is all about. When we talk about finding the right fit, you can’t be afraid of big expectations. And you have to be inspired by that, and Jimmy Butler is that kind of player.”

On Bam Adebayo

“Bam is the next line of HEAT Culture leaders, even though he is young. The team has changed, and we don’t have a lot of guys with a long tenure. But he embodies so many of the HEAT qualities that we want all of our players to have…he is going to be a great example with his work ethic [and] with holding other people accountable to a Miami HEAT standard. He’s not afraid, now, to step up and use his voice more. He’s earned that…Bam understands the concept of a team and bringing out more out of somebody else, and he finds enjoyment and pride out of making somebody else better.”

On Tyler Herro

“Tyler has a lot of Miami HEAT qualities that we respected and liked, and when we went into the research about him, it wasn’t fake. It was real…his work ethic is not of rumor…there will be opportunities there for him. It’s not just about his spacing. He’s a good basketball player, but he’s going to have to earn it as he should.”

On Derrick Jones Jr.

“He logged the most workouts in our facility over the course of the offseason, and I think you’ll see a stronger, more efficient, capable athlete in terms of keeping himself healthy and keeping himself available and being reliable to the team.”

Jones Jr.

On The Consistency In Workouts Compared To Last Season

“I feel like I’m a sharpshooter now.”

On What Motivates Him During Late Night Workouts

“My kids. I want them to have the best life that they can possibly have. I want them to have the Js that I didn’t have when I was a kid. I want them to have all the Nikes I didn’t have when I was a kid, so I’m going to be here until I can provide that for them.”


On What He Developed This Summer Other Than Shooting

“Being more of a vocal leader and becoming a leader and being the guy in the huddle who takes the huddle, sits in the coach’s chair. And that’s been a big, big, big, big part of my development because when I first got here I was…just a guy trying to fit in. And now it’s becoming like, ‘Look, we need you to be that guy who’s in the huddles, who’s trying to make somebody better.’ We might have some friction, but at the end of the day everybody knows it’s all love.”

Udonis Haslem

On Passing The Torch For The Next Leader

“I’m ready to pass the torch, man. Somebody grab it. The next person to me would be Bam, but as far as having that competitive leader on the floor right now, that guy is Jimmy.”

Justise Winslow

On Fit With Butler

“Jimmy is a really great playmaker. That’s probably how I would describe his game the most is a two-way playmaker on both ends of the court, so I think we’ll both complement each other well. I think we both have a dog and a passion and a competitive nature to this game that we’ll both bring every night, so I think we’ll fit perfectly.”

Meyers Leonard

On Butler

“I got here at about 6:05 one morning, and I came up here and Jimmy’s in a full sweat and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Damn, I thought I was going to be the first guy working out.’ I was with a couple of the other young guys, but that’s impressive to me. That’s a superstar and a guy that you can count on and clearly is ready to put the work in and carry the load.”

Dion Waiters

On Butler & Being Healthy Again

“I know he’s going to bring that competition level [and] raise it. That’s what we all need, so I can’t wait to get out there and compete and go against whoever. Like I said, I’m happy [and] excited to get started this time around just to go out there and just show people that I’m back to myself.”


On Butler Giving Him High Praise

“It just shows the respect that he has for me. Like you said, he kind of took me under his wing, so just continuing to work hard every day and just watch what he does as a vet and the very good player that he is. Continuing to learn from him is really what I’m looking forward to.”

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