Scottie Pippen says Timberwolves players didn’t like Jimmy Butler because they ‘didn’t like winning’
One of the main reasons star Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves was he felt he couldn’t compete in the rugged Western Conference with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns by his side.
Multiple reports have said that Butler didn’t respect Wiggins and Towns’ work ethic. Butler and Towns’ relationship was believed to be more tenuous than Butler and Wiggins’. During the infamous practice where Butler verbally challenged his Timberwolves teammates, the four-time All-Star reportedly challenged Towns the hardest out of anyone.
Butler is now on the Miami Heat and thriving. Butler’s teammates love him down in South beach and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen isn’t surprised. The Chicago Bulls legend says players on the Heat care about winning, something the Timberwolves players — at least in the opinion of Pippen — didn’t.
“They didn’t like winning in Minnesota,” Pippen said on ESPN’s The Jump. “That’s why they didn’t love him. They wanted individual stats. Jimmy Butler is a winner.”
Butler can be a hard teammate to play with, but in the end, everything he says is for the betterment of the team. It’s just that some players can’t handle criticism and Butler’s leadership style and that was apparently the case in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves could sure use Butler right about now. They have lost six games in a row.