Jimmy Butler is coming off of his 11th season in the NBA, becoming a bonafide superstar in Miami, leading the Heat to the 1-seed and the Eastern Conference Finals last season while averaging 27.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.1 steals per game in the postseason.
Butler is a recognizable face for NBA fans, diehard or casual, but when pics and videos from Butler’s latest offseason workout with Chris Brickley popped up on Instagram, fans had to do a double take. That’s because Butler, who has always kept his hair fairly short, suddenly appeared with long dreads, bleached at the end, which is a very different look from the Heat star than we are accustomed to.
Butler started wearing braids this season in Miami, which was the start of the hairstyle change, but I don’t think anyone was anticipating him taking that to a new level with the extra long look.
Butler showed off the hair transformation on his Instagram as he got the extensions put in for the new look.
We’ll see if he sticks with the extensions going into next season, but it caught fans off guard and as always happens on the internet, it got plenty of reaction and, yes, lots of jokes.
Jimmy Butler pulling up to off season workouts. pic.twitter.com/qlXhlbR8Gy
— Shaad. (@DJShaadSmooth) July 27, 2022
Jimmy butler after getting his hair extensions pic.twitter.com/nt6jqPDUfT
— Jt ⁰ (@HunchoJt__) July 27, 2022
Bro when did Jimmy Butler grow dreadlocks?🤣 https://t.co/jWX2jnNACt
— Kun Su (@mkhithabenzi) July 27, 2022
He went from Jimmy Butler to Jim Morant. 😂 https://t.co/MNp1n9HnYH
— GOWIE (@DaKidGowie) July 27, 2022
Jimmy Butler Last Game of the season vs. July 2022:
Jimmy must have some miracle growth😭 pic.twitter.com/dkyblW8ewC
— 𝔖𝔭𝔞𝔠𝔢 ℭ𝔦𝔱𝔶 🚀 (@spacecityno) July 27, 2022
There were at least some people who are fans of the look, but, mostly, the social media reaction was just people roasting the extensions.