Jimmy Butler's path to Heat was actually two decades in the making

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Because NBA Finals moments such as these require the most polished of narratives, the cleanest way to explain the genesis of Jimmy Butler’s path to the Miami Heat is to turn toward franchise icon Dwyane Wade.It was Wade who was part of the lineage that Butler followed at Marquette. It was Wade’s time alongside in the Chicago Bulls locker room in 2016-17 that further planted the idea of Heat culture into Butler’s psyche. And it was the raw emotion of Wade’s final Heat game at AmericanAirlines Arena in April 2019 that captivated Butler, as he watched while in Philadelphia…

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