By: Bryce Fields
As if this story hasn’t had enough twist, turns, and crazy headlines at every corner, the Jimmy Butler debacle that is going on in Minnesota has gotten even wilder. Butler, who has been extremely public about his discontent with the Timberwolves, returned to practice with the team this week – and boy oh boy did things get wild from there.
Listen to this, because I honestly couldn’t make this up if I tried.
Butler gets back to practice, walking in during a scrimmage between the Wolves starters and the rest of the team, and immediately checks himself into the second-string lineup. Butler then reportedly, “takes a bunch of bench players and scrubs,” kicks Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins (both of whom Butler has had issues with), and the rest of the starters’ asses up and down the court. All of this while taking aim and giving everyone in the Timberwolves organization hell along the way.
Seriously, imagine this – Butler just comes in all nonchalant after not being there all preseason, screaming and yelling like we are at the playground playing on the blacktop about how no one can guard him.
Except the guy yelling is a 4-time NBA All-Star and 2-time All-NBA selection who is looking to be traded, and he is talking shit to NBA players in KAT and Wiggins, not to mention head coach Tom Thibodeau and general manger Scott Layden of the Minnesota Timberwolves (an NBA team, if you weren’t aware already).
It is absolutely crazy that it is 2018, and in the National Basketball Association, we have a star level player actually just going on wildfire tangents in order to get out of a situation that doesn’t even seem that bad. It was originally reported that Butler wanted out of Minnesota because of the lack of competitive drive from the organization, specifically from young stars Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Sure, players want traded every so often, it happens. But Butler’s situation is just so peculiar. The T-Wolves were a playoff team last year, Butler is in the prime of his career, and now we got all of this going on in Minnesota. Honestly, it’s nothing less than bat-shit crazy.
Butler went on to meet with ESPN’s Rachel Nichol’s after the practice to explain what is going on. Butler stated that he was “incredibly passionate about basketball” and that his antics, performance, and name-calling at the practice was himself at “his rawest and finest.”
I don’t know about you all, but I would not define myself at my finest as unexpectedly going crazy on the basketball court, kicking grown-men’s asses and telling the GM of an NBA team “You f-ing need me.”
But, hey, what do I know? This drama is nowhere near over, and watching Butler and the T-Wolves duke it out is the start of this NBA season’s best story already.