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Sixers coach Brett Brown wants Jimmy Butler ‘to put his thumbprint on a game more and more’

Jimmy Butler, Brett Brown, Sixers

The relationship between Philadelphia 76ers star small forward Jimmy Butler and Sixers head coach Brett Brown has been in question ever since a report came out in January stating Butler aggressively challenged Brown in a film session over how he was being used on offense.

Because it’s Butler and he has a history of being confrontational, fans in Philadelphia began to worry if the All-Star swingman and Brown would be able to work together for the rest of the season.

Both Butler and Brown downplayed the report, but Brown has admitted that he needs to do a better job of utilizing Butler.

On Friday, Brett Brown said he wants Butler “to put his thumbprint on a game more and more,” while also acknowledging that is based upon how he implements the All-Star in the team’s gameplan.

Jimmy Butler has appeared in 45 games with the Sixers. The 29-year-old is averaging 18.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists with Philly while shooting 47.0 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.

There’s a lot of mouths to feed on the Sixers. Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick all needs their touches to stay engaged. It’s up to Brown to make sure that happens.