Jimmy Butler Called Out Teammates, Coaches, And Executives As He Asked To Play With The 3rd String And Beat The Starters At T'Wolves Practice
As someone who stands to gain very little from the Minnesota Timberwolves' organization maintaining a healthy working environment that allows for players and coaches to build positive professional relationships, I must say that I'm officially all-in on them dragging their feet in Jimmy Butler trade talks. Of all the teams with which the type of workaholic prick that could make Kobe Bryant proud (and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible) has been rumored to play this upcoming season, none of them sound anywhere as enticing from an entertainment standpoint as the one with which he despises absolutely everyone.
Honestly, I can't believe there is not one video accompanying the setting of a scene that sounds equal parts awkward, inspiration, and foolhardy, but if there was then I'd have to imagine it would look something like this...
...or even this...
And the truly crazy thing is that the Timberwolves have the one Head Coach and/or President of Basketball Operations in all the NBA that's stubborn enough not to roll the credits on the Jimmy Butler era in Minnesota after he went scorched earth on the organization. Tom Thibodeau is the same guy that encouraged the tireless tyrant of a teammate in Chicago, so starting a Jimmy Butler-led third string to open the season is only as unlikely as him being moved for any less than he's worth.
I'm starting to think it's not completely crazy to envision a scenario where this long overdue breakup doesn't happen until midseason, and that possibility is completely crazy in and of itself. The first practice and Jimmy Butler has already indignantly given a voice to his one man mutiny from within the franchise that it's against. I don't know where things go from there, but for the sake of the NBA as a soap opera, I hope the next few episodes of As The Ball Bounces continue to be set at Timberwolves' training camp, because damn...