Brett Brown says Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons wore headband as sign of defensive team-up
After the Sixers blew out the Washington Wizards at home on Friday, Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said Butler and Simmons wore headbands as a “bonding of defensive brothers.”
Brett Brown says Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler wearing headbands tonight was a "bonding of defensive brothers". Says he's asked Butler to take Simmons under his wing and help get the most out of him defensively.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) December 1, 2018
Sixers fans are going to love this. Jimmy Butler is one of the best defenders in the NBA. Ben Simmons isn’t too shabby either. Now, the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year is going to become even better with Butler in his ear.
When the Sixers acquired Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, there were some who were concerned how Butler was going to impact the locker room, particularly Simmons and star big man Joel Embiid. Butler had locker room issues with the Chicago Bulls and Timberwolves. The four-time All-Star had a bad relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, so some critics were of the belief that Butler would clash with Simmons and Embiid in Philly.
That hasn’t been the case, though. Embiid says he likes it when Butler yells at him and tells him to play better on defense. Now, Simmons is going to be Butler’s defensive brother and learn how to become an All-NBA defender. With Butler in the mix, the Sixers have a great chance to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001.