Jimmy Butler ‘didn’t know who the f**k was in charge’ in Philadelphia
Butler signed with the Heat in July via a sign-and-trade with the Sixers. Though he’s no longer playing in Philly, the former Marquette Golden Eagle had some interesting remarks about his former team during his appearance.
JJ: Was last year difficult for you? Not just getting traded, but the whole shit in the summer, preseason?
Butler: Hell yeah it was difficult. It was so different and on any given day, me as a person, as a player I didn’t know who the fu** was in charge, that was my biggest thing. I didn’t know what the fu** to expect whenever I would go into the the gym, whenever I would go into the plane, whenever I go into the game, I was as lost as the next mother fu**er.
JJ: Meaning there were a lot of voices.
Butler: Yeah. There was so much going on on every given day, I was like yup, guess I’m just here to work I didn’t know who to talk to.
Butler and the Sixers had several touchy moments last season, including an incident at a film session in Portland and various quarrels with head coach Brett Brown.
Now with the Heat, Butler is enjoying one of the most productive seasons of his career. In his 54 appearances, the 30-year-old swingman has racked up averages of 20.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting from the field (24.8 percent from beyond the arc), 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.2 minutes per outing. Notably, his marks for assists and rebounds are career-highs.
The Sixers made some changes in the wake of Butler’s departure, adding Al Horford. At 38-26 overall, the team is currently holding the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. If the playoffs started today, Philly would be in. However, it’s probably safe to say that their record is not where they thought it would be at this point in the season.