In an advanced copy of Derrick Rose's upcoming book, some insight was revealed into the dramatic breakup between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here are a few quotes from the book, as told by Rose:
“Look, it wasn’t his fault,” Rose wrote of Butler’s situation and trade request. “It’s the league’s fault. Nothing against Karl-Anthony Towns, he’s cool — and he’s good. But you get these kids and you spoil them before they achieve something.”
Remember that infamous practice-day, profanity-laced tirade? Rose spoke about that, too.
"Regarding the infamous practice in which Butler returned to the Wolves with an expletive-laced flourish and took on more established rotation players with lesser-used players, Rose writes: “Scored one time in that practice they were all writing about. Yes, one basket. Right hand up to God. What’s so exciting about that? But the media is going crazy. You would think he scored 30. … It was killing Thibs, I tell you. He wasn’t saying anything to us, but you could tell he was taking it hard.”
Minnesota's apparent underappreciation of Butler was the last straw.
One page later, Rose adds: “Jimmy was feeling, ‘Why’d y’all pay them first and I was the one that got you to the playoffs?’ That’s all it was. Jimmy wasn’t doing it right, though he was right.”
Essentially, Rose says Butler resented the franchise for putting the young, unproven starters over him. He has a point -- Butler was the guy that played best when it counted most and pushed the rest of his teammates to be the best of themselves. He has a right to be disrespected.
But for Thibs and the rest of the front office, choosing between Butler and two young studs who they thought were the future of their franchise must have seemed like a no-brainer.
So far, that decision has not wielded positive results.