As his Miami Heat prepare to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers, Jimmy Butler doesn't want the fifth-seeded Eastern Conference champs to be thought of as underdogs in the 2020 Finals.
What identity would Butler prefer observers to associate with his team?
"A really good team; that's it," he told reporters Tuesday. "A really good team. I'm not going to say that we're any better than anybody else. But I just don't think that we're underdogs. I don't.
"So what that nobody picked us to be here? That's OK. Pretty sure nobody's picking us to win either. That's OK. But we understand that. We embrace that because, at the end of the day, we truly don't care.
"We're just going to go out here and compete, play together as we always have, and see where we end up.