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Amid heartache of defeat, Butler grateful for Miami home

After a sometimes rocky path through the NBA, Jimmy Butler found a home in Miami, and the Heat’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals doesn’t change that.

“Just the bond that this group built,” Butler said of what he’ll treasure from the season with the Heat — including some three months in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.

“I wouldn’t give that back for the world. We really, really, really love being around one another and competing with one another. I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”

Butler arrived in Miami after stints in Chicago, Minnesota and Philadelphia ended on sour notes.

With the Heat, the undeniably talented All-Star appears to have found the perfect landing spot, his grit helping propel the Eastern Conference fifth seeds to an unlikely shot at the Western Conference champion Lakers in the NBA Finals.

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NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat not ready to go home just yet

As much as he might want to go home after more than 90 days in the NBA “bubble” at Disney World in Orlando, Jimmy Butler insisted he and his Heat teammates plan on staying until Oct. 13. That would be the day of a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which means the Heat would have to win Game 5 Friday night and a potential Game 6 on Sunday in order to come back from their current 3-1 deficit.

“I like where we’re at, man,” Butler said on a video conference call on Thursday. “I smile because it’s true. I like where we’re at…Everybody is ready to compete, ready to get one.

“This is the job — to go out there and try to win a championship no matter where it’s at, here in a bubble in Orlando. We’re all here mentally, physically. We’re all wanting to get this

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