For the record, Jimmy Butler absolutely is not advocating for mayhem on the court. Nor is he endorsing the kind of violence reserved for professional wrestling or the NBA of the ’80s and ’90s.

But if he’s keeping it real, the Heat’s All-Star forward wouldn’t mind seeing the physical brand of basketball the league was known for a few decades ago creep back into the game. You know the one I’m talking about. The kind that featured more banging under the basket, contact on the perimeter, and hard fouls that—under the right circumstances, especially if the Heat were playing the Knicks during the height of their rivalry—occasionally led to fists flying instead of the push-fests pervasive in today’s NBA.  

“They’re not letting you get into no brawls no more,” says Butler. “Nobody’s going to let you do that. I wish that they would let us do that a little bit, if I’m just being honest.”

While Adam Silver and the rest of the league office in New York might recoil in horror at Butler’s playful suggestion, the NBA can rest easy knowing the leader of the Heat doesn’t walk on to the court trying to purposely start shit. That’s because Butler has a responsibility to stay in Miami’s lineup and a famous mug to preserve. Notably, you’ll see it in a star-studded Super Bowl commercial debuting Sunday. 

The day after Butler was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reverse, the sixth time he’s earned such an honor, one of our favorites from the Association hopped on Zoom to talk about a few things. Like the one retired athlete he’d love to have a beer with, why he wishes there were more fights in the NBA, and how much fun it was to film the special Super Bowl spot with some fellow famous athletes.