You may be getting tired of this Jimmy Butler saga, but if you gather nothing else from all this, at least know why he’s doing it.
He said this to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after news of his post-practice rampage went viral:
“Am I being tough on him [KAT]? Yeah, that’s who am I,” Butler said. “I’m not the most talented player on the team. Who is the most talented player on our team — KAT. Who is the most God-gifted player on our team — Wiggs. Who plays the hardest? Me! I play hard. I put my body [on the line] every day in practice, every day in games. That’s my passion. Everybody leads in different ways. That’s how I show I’m here for you.”
Why is he so tough on the young guys? Because that’s just who he is. He is a competitor through and through and just demands the best from those he calls his teammates.
For better (and often times worse), Butler will play the bad-cop for a group of guys he sees as soft.
For the Timberwolves, it doesn’t seem to be boding well at the moment… but who knows, it might just work for someone else. Either way, don’t expect him to be changing his ways for anyone.