NBA denies Jimmy Butler rejected All-Star invitation
The NBA has denied a report that Jimmy Butler turned down an invitation to the All-Star Game to replace injured Kevin Durant because it was initially believed Butler would only attend the game if his Heat teammate Bam Adebayo also received an award. invitation.
The rumor that Butler turned down the NBA offer originally came from Ethan Skolnick of Five Reasons Sports Network, who said the league would rather have Butler take Durant’s place than the great Pacers Domantas Sabonis, who was chosen to fill the vacant place.
However, NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman questioned this rumor, noting that players don’t really have the option of skipping the All-Star Game unless they are injured. In addition, substitutes are generally chosen by the coaches rather than the league. And Feldman’s intuition seems to have been proven, as a league spokesperson denied that Butler had turned down an invitation to the All-Star Game.
While Butler remains one of the league’s most beloved and well-known players, he has only appeared in 21 games this season, making him an unlikely candidate for the All-Star Game. And although he’s not known, Sabonis is having his best season in Indiana, averaging over 20 points and 11 rebounds per game.