Way to go, Jimmy! 12-year-old Felipe was left devastated at Butler not playing, after he flew 4,405 MILES from Argentina to see him play… but Miami Heat guard surprises youngster with signed jersey and ball
Attending an NBA game and not seeing your favorite player always stings but for 12-year-old Felipe, it was even more agonizing having flown in all the way from Argentina.
Along with his older sister Zoe, Felipe traveled more than 4,405 miles from South America to be at Miami’s FTX Arena for their meeting with Boston Celtics.
The young fan held a sign that read: “Dear Jimmy: We flew over 4,405 miles to see you play. Can we get a photo or a big face coffee? ;)”
Two fans flew more than 4,405 miles from Argentina to see Jimmy Butler play for Miami Heat
Felipe, 12, was left devastated when he was told that Butler would miss the game with injury
But hearts sank for Felipe when an usher informed him and his sister that Butler was not going to play, leaving the 12-year-old to drop his sign in disbelief, placing his hands on his head.
After cameras caught Felipe and his sister and the clip soon went viral, repeatedly tagging the Heat and Butler, Miami made things right by half-time.
The two were invited down onto the court and were gifted a signed ball by Heat players and a signed Butler jersey.
Heat ace Gabe Vincent also then had a picture with the siblings, to add to the amazing turnaround in fortunes.
Butler (left) stepped up to make sure the siblings got a signed jersey as well as a signed ball
Felipe’s sister Zoe later posted a selfie to thank Butler for his generosity with the signed gifts
Zoe also then posted on her Twitter a thank you message to Butler as he also threw in some merchandise from his ‘Big Face Coffee’ company.
Butler responded to his gesture on his Instagram story, captioning a photo, simply, ‘I got you.’
Felipe and his sister may not have got to see Butler ball out but the Heat did put on a show, edging a thrilling 98-95 clash with the Celtics, who are one of the title favorites.
Bam Adebayo stepped up with 30 points and 15 rebounds, while power forward Haywood Highsmith gave them 15 and 10 off the bench.