Taj Gibson says Timberwolves can move on now without ‘distractions’
Taj Gibson of the Minnesota Timberwolves has moved on from the drama that hounded them at the start of the season.
Speaking with Marney Gellner, as reported by Jace Frederick of Pioneer Press, Gibson said that now the distractions are out of the way, they can start playing the way they should.
“We put ourselves in a big hole early, but now the distractions are gone, we’ve got a new group of guys and we’re playing the right way.”
Taj Gibson was referring to Jimmy Butler’s trade request prior to the beginning of the season and his reported rampage in one practice session. Butler defended himself, saying that his true feelings just came out and that’s the way he’s always been. But several analysts believe that Butler’s antics deeply affected the team’s morale.
After his rampage, Butler still went on to play several games for the Timberwolves. They were able to win some games and Butler communicated with his teammates — all for the sake of winning.
Finally, after a long wait, along with Justin Patton, he was sent to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and 2022 second-round draft pick. This put an end to a grueling chapter in the Timberwolves’ 2018-19 season.
The team is now riding a four-game winning streak. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games which is a great sign for the team who had internal troubles early on. The worst is now over for the Timberwolves. They can now fully concentrate on winning.