By Jimmy Maxwell
The Sixers had a very successful season in 2018-19, losing in the seventh game of the Eastern semis on a four-bounce buzzer-beater.
And then Jimmy Butler bolted in free agency to Miami.
And forward Mike Scott wants Sixers fans to let him know how they feel about him when he shows up at the Wells to play the Sixers this year
Scott was on Zach Gelb’s CBS Sports Radio show when he encouraged the Sixers faithful to boo the enigmatic swingman when he makes his return to Philly:
.@mikescott of the @sixers says @JimmyButler is his boy & is just like him besides the country music but he will probably foul the s*** out of Jimmy when the #Sixers play the #Heat. Mike says Philly fans better boo the s*** out of Jimmy. https://omny.fm/shows/the-zach-gelb-show/8-23-19-the-zach-gelb-show-mike-scott-76ers-pf … @CBSSportsRadio
Scott re-signed with the Sixers this past summer to a two-year, $9.8 million deal.
So you heard the man, Sixers fans. Don’t show any love to Jimmy B when he comes back. Mark your calendars: November 23rd will be the day Butler returns to Philly as part of the Heat.
Eyebrows instantly rose when Butler ultimately signed with the Heat. Butler was on record that he wanted to be in a winning situation. However, leaving a Philly team that came within bounces of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for a non-playoff squad like Miami certainly doesn’t indicate that.
Nevertheless, the attraction of the South Beach market has always been huge for marquee free agents, and the Heat have indicated that they are not quite finished making moves. Still, the team would seem way further below the Eastern Conference pecking order compared to Philly.
The Sixers have done a marvelous job covering for their off-season losses in Butler and three-point specialist J.J. Redick, who signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. To compensate for Butler’s departure, they received Josh Richardson in the sign-and-trade deal the Heat had to make to acquire Butler. They also signed veteran All-Star big man Al Horford to pair with Joel Embiid inside the paint.