Tom Thibodeau had high praise for Jimmy Butler after the Knicks-Heat game on Friday night, even though he missed the game-winner.
Jimmy Butler is one of the best players in the NBA today, but is he a top-five player in the league?
Well, his former head coach Tom Thibodeau believes so.
Thibodeau coached Butler on the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves, so there is probably a little bit of bias there.
The 34-year-old has also been the kind of character that personifies how Thibodeau views the game, and the two certainly share some kind of bond.
Unfortunately for Butler, he couldn't get the better of Thibodeau here, as the New York Knicks came back from down 21 to beat the Miami Heat 100-98.
The six-time All-Star had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but missed a three-pointer.
After the game, Butler, who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal in the contest, stated he thought it was going in and guaranteed that he'd make the next one.