Jimmy Butler thinks Tom Thibodeau loved the scene he made in Timberwolves’ practice
The Minnesota Timberwolves-Jimmy Butler drama has just gotten a little more interesting with the latter’s recent antics in practice. Various reports reveal that Butler went off on the Timberwolves, targetting its players for being soft. Furthermore, in an interview right after the said incident, Butler feels that head coach Tom Thibodeau loved every bit of what he just did.
In speaking with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Butler shared what went on in the now-infamous practice session. As transcribed by Larry Brown Sports, Butler said:
“Right now, I know Thibs, he’s in there by himself. He locked his door and he’s smiling, he’s laughing. He’s like ‘yeah!’” Butler told Nichols. “Thibs likes confrontation. He’s like ‘hey, look at how much energy was in the gym. Look at the best he brought out of his teammates. That’s the thing that the team misses.’”
Though Thibs himself hasn’t commented on the matter, however, we can safely take Butler’s claims as true. Butler has spent some significant time with the head coach, therefore, knowing his attitude inside out.
This was Butler’s first practice back with the Timberwolves after requesting for a trade several weeks ago. The Wolves have yet to seal a deal but reports say that they are in talks once again with the Miami Heat.
Many are wondering if Butler’s appearance in Minnesota is a sign that the 29-year-old is set to return. When asked about the matter and if his rough patch with the team could be resolved, Butler explicitly said no.