Minnesota Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler is selfish and an actor

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images) /

Jimmy Butler is selfish and an actor, therefore he is now the most infamous player in the NBA right now after the drama he’s created for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

I know this won’t be a popular take for a lot of Minnesota Timberwolves‘ fans or NBA fans in general, but Jimmy Butler loves himself more than anything at the moment. He’s created such a poor culture for Minnesota’s future after the stunt’s he’s pulled over the past few months.

This all started with HIS trade demands and HIS quotes speaking down to his teammates over the past few months, specifically Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. And after the Wolves have tried for weeks to find a trade partner due to Butler’s demands, he has reported to have embarrassed Minnesota’s franchise today at practice and makes more of a mockery of them in an interview with ESPN:

"Via, CBS Sports“You gotta think, I haven’t played basketball in so long, and I’m so passionate and I love the game, and I don’t do it for any other reason except for to compete and go up against the best to try to prove that I can hang,” Butler said. “So all my emotion came out at one time. Was it the right way to do it? No. But I can’t control that when I’m out there competing. That’s my love of the game. That’s raw me — me at my finest, me at my purest — that’s what you’re gonna get inside the lines.“I think that I was honest. Was I brutally honest? Yes. But I think that’s the problem. Everybody’s so scared to be honest with one another. If you didn’t like the way that I handled myself in practice, one of the players come up to me. Somebody say something — anybody. I’m not gonna take it offensively — it’s not personal. ‘Jimmy, you shouldn’t have done that.’ ‘Yeah, you probably right.’ And I would have said, I ain’t hooped in I don’t know how long. I mean, I’m passionate about it. I love the game and I love to win. And that’s all I was out there doing was competing, playing hard, doing what I’m supposed to do on the basketball floor.”"

Let’s get something straight, don’t mistake words like passion, honesty, emotional, pure, and love for a great player.

We cannot let Jimmy Butler talk fans and young basketball players into thinking that being ‘overly emotional’ is a true quality of a leader, it’s not being able to control your emotions that makes you immature and someone who cannot lead others.

You can be overly emotional and lead your teams to championships without demanding trades, and if you do have problems, you should figure them out within your organization and communicate.

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I cannot speak for Dunking With Wolves, but I can speak for myself and say the Wolves should make it clear that the attitude of Jimmy Butler will not be tolerated and I would trade him by midnight tonight – and better yet, get some great assets for him to a team that wants that attitude, most likely the Miami Heat – click here for some trade ideas with Miami.

Not only that, but ESPN and Minnesota’s own Jon Krawczynski have reported that the whole interview process and the out-of-control Butler at practice was ‘orchestrated.’

Not only was it a planned event, but Butler reportedly even went on to bash the staff and owner Glen Taylor by cursing and yelling at them during practice. While most of you may read that situation as a really awesome moment for Butler to get emotions off his chest, I again turn to my previous point that we should call that immaturity.

We cannot promote aggressive and irrational behavior and then put it on a pedestal. What are we trying to tell the youth of the sport, or more simply, the youth of the future.

Once again, Jimmy Butler is selfish and an actor, it’s that simple. We aren’t burning his jersey, but we are calling it like it is, just as Butler has said he likes to do with his teammates and his coaches.

It’s time to move on from Jimmy Butler and it’s time for him to move on as well.