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Doug McDermott sounds off on appreciation of Jimmy Butler’s leadership style

Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves

Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott is apparently a fan of how Jimmy Butler handles his business on the court as he chimed in his thoughts on Butler’s leadership style via Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times.

“His leadership is a different style,’’ McDermott said. “It’s for some people and not for others. I always liked Jimmy, the way he led by example. That was a guy that took me under his wing. So you’ll never hear me say a bad thing about Jimmy. He pushes people, but pushes you the right way.’’

The former Creighton star revealed that Butler took him under his wing as a rookie, and took him to intense early morning work out sessions. He said he was appreciative of how the two-way forward always pushed him to be better.

McDermott added, however, that his former teammate’s ways may turn other people off.

“I know some guys just didn’t respond to that type of leadership,’’ McDermott said. “People have to understand that it’s that path that got him to where he is – how hard he works. He can definitely rub you the wrong way if you’re not willing to put the work in, so a lot of what is going on [in Minnesota] is not surprising to me.’’

Butler has somewhat been tagged as a villain or a drama queen in this entire mess with the Timberwolves. The disgruntled star recently made headlines after he went on a tirade during Minnesota’s practice which he surprisingly attended.

As most may already know, Butler was screaming and going at head coach Tom Thibodeau, GM Scott Layden, and young studs Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins during the practice. Reports claimed that Butler left teammates and coaches speechless after dropping a huge statement in the scrimmage.

Perhaps it is now safe to say that the guys in Minnesota are not a fan of Butler’s hard-hitting ways.

All of this, for what it is worth, has almost nothing to do with the Pacers. So, good for them.