If you haven’t been paying attention to the NBA preseason, you’re missing a lot of fireworks both on and off the court. The biggest off-court story by far is Jimmy Butler’s dramatic battles with his own Minnesota Timberwolves – battles that have left many Timberwolves fans clamoring for his departure.
According to the independent basketball news source Fadeaway World, the entire thing can be traced back to a single moment between Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns (KAT) way back in February. As sports writer Kelly Iko tweeted, KAT was quite upset about the team’s performance when Butler yelled “KAT come on, quit being a f—king pu—y!”
Thus began a string of events that included a post-season trade request by Butler and multiple heated exchanges with administration and teammates. On October 10, Butler addressed Timberwolves GM Scott Layden directly during an intense scrimmage. “You f—king need me, Scott,” he said. “You can’t win without me.”
KAT: "Jimmy, you hurtin' the group?"— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) October 11, 2018
Jimmy Butler: "I'm the best thing to ever happen to this damn group. I'm the one sellin' the tickets. They comin' to see me."
Wiggins: "They comin' to see the T-wolves"
Jimmy Butler: "Ain't nobody comin to see you, Wiggins" pic.twitter.com/CvICxdV6ez
But are Butler’s actions justifiable? Is he simply rallying against an unfair situation? Basketball fan Brad Kimme asks us to consider an important question:
If you are the best player on the team and they offer two max deals to inferior players (currently) and then offer you a non max extension, would you be peeved?— Brad Kimme (@bkimme) October 13, 2018
By “telling it like it is,” Butler is standing up for himself and defending his personal interests. He believes in himself an incredibly valuable athletic asset. And his recent stats are certainly confirming this belief!
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