Jimmy Butler’s skills have been praised during this postseason. From his resilience to his exceptional shooting ability, it’s no wonder he’s been given the nickname ‘Himmy Buckets.’
However, there is one skill possessed by the Miami Heat player that we were unaware of – clairvoyance. According to professional tennis player and Heat supporter Coco Gauff, Butler is either exceptionally skilled at foreseeing events or simply very self-assured.
Leading up to the French Open, Gauff mentioned that she had an amusing anecdote about Butler, but she wanted to keep it to herself to avoid any potential bad luck.
After winning in the initial round at Roland Garros on Tuesday, and with the Heat’s impressive Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics to secure their spot in the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets, Gauff revealed that she was now prepared to share her story.
Gauff, who said she didn’t watch Game 7 as it was on in the middle of the night before her first round match but was “very relieved” to see the result, explained that before the playoffs, Butler reached out to her to offer her tickets for the final home game of the season in April, before contacting her a few weeks later offering her tickets for the postseason.
Gauff informed reporters, “I will not be present. I have plans to travel to Madrid, then Rome, and finally France.”
“And he proceeded to say, ‘Once we reach the Finals, please inform me if your family would like tickets.’ This conversation took place before the Heat had even secured a spot in the playoffs.”
Before our first Play-In game against the Hawks, there was talk of us having only a 3% chance of making it to the Finals. However, when he sent me that message, I was confident that we would make it because he didn’t say “if” but “when” we make it to the Finals. Now that we are here, I can finally share that story.
I recall taking a screenshot and sharing it with my family, thinking, “We’re headed to the Finals!”
The 19-year-old was impressed by Butler’s confidence, stating, “I really admire his mindset.”
According to Gauff, she found inspiration in the Heat’s determination during Game 7 after losing a 3-0 lead to the Celtics in the series but ultimately winning.
Gauff stated on court that she reminded herself not to panic after losing the first set, citing Jimmy Butler’s composure during a similar situation in a basketball game.
Butler was crucial in propelling the No. 8 seed Heat to the NBA Finals, where they defeated all higher seeded teams including the No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 5 New York Knicks, and most recently the No. 2 Celtics.
The start of the NBA Finals will take place on Thursday in Denver.