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Jimmy Butler confirms Derrick Rose’s statement about infamous Timberwolves practice

Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, Timberwolves

To say that Jimmy Butler’s time with the Minnesota Timberwolves ended in the most controversial of manners would probably be an understatement.

Prior to forcing his way out of Minnesota in 2018, Butler had an infamous blowup in practice, during which he allegedly berated his teammates while dominating with the third string. One of the narratives that came up following that sensational turn of events came from Butler’s former Timberwolves teammate Derrick Rose, who stated in his autobiography that Butler only scored once during this practice.

Butler confirmed this statement (he has mentioned it in the past as well) as he guested on an Instagram Live video interview with WNBA legend Sue Bird and World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe:

Butler didn’t go into detail as to what really went down during that practice, but it is clear that it was one of the final straws in terms of his short-lived tenure in Minnesota.

As for Rose, this was not actually the first time he was on the same team with Butler. While they spent roughly a season and a half as teammates in Minnesota, these two had already crossed paths earlier in their careers.

Butler was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2011. This was right after Rose became the youngest MVP winner in NBA history, and Butler was a rookie in the same season that Rose tore his ACL.

Butler was a firsthand witness to the prime Derrick Rose. While there were rumors of a beef between the two stars in Chicago, the current Miami Heat star has himself declared in the past that he considered Rose to be the most unstoppable player he has ever played with. There is an undeniable mutual respect between these two, and perhaps they’ll cross paths again before it is all said and done.