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Sixers’ Jimmy Butler embraces villain role

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Sixers small forward Jimmy Butler isn’t like everyone else. He doesn’t care if you hate him because he knows who he is and his friends and family love him.

Butler’s reputation around the league has taken a hit. After everything that happened with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves, people believe Butler is a diva and locker room cancer.

None of that bothers Butler, who actually embraces the villain role:

“Oh, I love it,” Butler said, via Marc Stein of The New York Times. “I love it. I love it. Who wants to be loved all the time? It’s O.K. It’s fine. I don’t need everybody to like me. I know who I am. I can’t say that enough. I know what I’m about. I know where my heart is. People will say, ‘He’s this way or he’s that way,’ but nobody knows except for the people around me every day. Ask them and they’ll tell you differently.”

Jimmy Butler and his personality aren’t for everyone, and he’s okay with that.

The All-Star small forward is always going to say what is on his mind no matter how others may feel about. That type of leadership style didn’t work in Minnesota, which is why the swingman requested a trade before the 2018-19 season started.

With the Sixers, Butler appears to have found a home, but it could be temporary just like his last two stops. The forward becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.