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Charles Barkley says Sixers’ Brett Brown needs to show authority in sorting out team issues involving Jimmy Butler

Charles Barkley, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler

For Charles Barkley, the problem with the Philadelphia 76ers is due to Jimmy Butler’s complaints about his minutes. And as a head coach, Brett Brown needs to show more authority in dealing with such issues.

On NBA on TNT, Barkley said that Brown should take Butler, sit down with him, and say:

“Jimmy, you’re really a good player but we brought you here to help us win. Not complain about how many touches you get and things like that.”


Various reports reveal that Butler has challenged Brown and his offensive system. According to witnesses, a team film session occurred where a discussion between Butler and Brown was deemed “disrespectful” and not your ordinary coach-player exchange. Butler wants to be involved in traditional pick-and-roll plays rather than take part in the 76ers free-flowing offense orchestrated by Ben Simmons. Brown downplayed the said incident, noting that it’s simply the nature of his relationship with the 29-year-old.

Butler’s demands, coupled with the development of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid would be a huge problem if not resolved moving forward. Butler, who’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, has complete freedom in staying with the 76ers or move on to a different team. The team wants to re-sign him. But perhaps they may need to iron out the issues before thinking of offering a fresh contract.