Rumor: Jimmy Butler Told Tom Thibodeau Monday What He’d Do at T


Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau was reportedly aware that All-Star Jimmy Butler planned to make a scene at practice Wednesday.

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Butler reportedly taunted several T-Wolves players during scrimmages, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, before exclaiming, “I run this s–t,” upon leaving the court.

Per ESPN’s’Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler also targeted Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden during his rant.

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He explained the rationale behind his actions, saying,'”I haven’t played basketball in so long. I’m so passionate. I don’t do it for any reason but to compete. All my emotion came out in one time. Was it the right way? No! But I can’t control that when I’m out there competing. That’s raw me, me at my finest, me at my purest. Inside the lines.”

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Jimmy Butler rips into Wolves front office, teammates during practice

A day after Jimmy Butler’s outburst at practice, head coach and president Tom Thibodeau decided to cancel practice with no media availability. (1:31)

All-Star guard Jimmy Butler made a dramatic return to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, boldly challenging teammates, coaches and front-office executives in the practice session, league sources told ESPN.

Butler was vociferous and intense throughout the scrimmages, targeting president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and teammates, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, league sources said.

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