Jimmy Butler a proud papa, ready for action

Heat star to return against Atlanta


MIAMI – Jimmy Butler is a proud papa and he's ready to return to basketball.

Butler missed the Heat's first three games of the season for the birth of his daughter.

Butler will play on Tuesday night when Miami hosts Atlanta. 

Butler said "Everybody's good, trying to get some rest... It's not an escape. Messed up my sleep schedule, but for a good reason."

Butler said he started living his life differently because he has a daughter.

During his absence, Butler watched his team play.  He noticed, "We play hard, everything that we do, we play to win.  I hope that I would make a little bit of a difference while I'm out there."

Butler's daughter was born a little over a week late.  He left the team after shootaround on opening night.

Butler said, "Family is everything, it happen to be on opening night."

Butler's baby girl is named Rylee.  He said the baby was not named after Pat Riley.


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