Unsurprisingly, Heat fans were left heartbroken after seeing Lillard join the Bucks after he made it abundantly clear earlier in the summer that Miami was his preferred landing spot.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Damian Lillard Bumps Into Jimmy Butler Pregame
Lillard headed into the Fiserv Forum on Sunday for the third time as a member of the Bucks. As if it were planned, Dame arrived at the exact same time Jimmy Butler entered the arena. It made for quite an awkward moment when the pair crossed paths in the hallway:
Damian Lillard 🤝 Jimmy Butler
Don't miss Heat/Bucks on the NBA App TONIGHT at 8:00 pm/et! pic.twitter.com/0i0I4PuDMs
— NBA (@NBA) October 30, 2023
Both players had big smiles on their faces as they dapped up one another. They exchanged a few words, but other than that, it appears that their extremely brief conversation was anything but meaningful.
I’m not entirely sure if this is the first time these two friends have met in person since Lillard’s failed move to Miami, but it very well could be. The fact that they had cameras around them made the moment even more awkward. They were both headed in the same direction as well, but Dame decided to just walk ahead of Jimmy instead of conversing.
NBA Fans React to Dame-Jimmy Moment
Fans could not help but clown Jimmy Butler, knowing full well that the Heat star was left utterly disappointed by the fact that his team failed to recruit Lillard this offseason:
Jimmy seeing Dame pic.twitter.com/wHX7JBQ3fe
— SpartanLocks 🛡️ (@spartan_locks) October 30, 2023
Jimmy crying on the inside
— . 👑 (@feellikebron23) October 30, 2023
They were supposed to be together
— Kyrie’s Hub (@kyrieshub) October 30, 2023
Feel sorry for Jimmy man
— ⚒️🏆Championship Otto 🃏🏹 (@ChiefOttoSosa) October 30, 2023
— PICKLE Fantasy Sports (@PickleDFS_) October 30, 2023
Seeing this as a Heat fan 💔
— Jthefox101 | Fortnite Leaks & News (@Jthefox101YT) October 30, 2023
A close up of jimmy was needed I missed his tears
— PaanMan (@PaanMan45) October 30, 2023
What could have been.
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