Jimmy Butler’s request to trade fell apart at the last minute, so when rocking up to Timberwolves training camp on Wednesday, reports say he came in on fire.
Butler Reportedly taunted Scott Layden, yelling, “You fucking need me! You can’t win without me.”
All-Star Jimmy Butler participated in Minnesota’s practice, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office, league sources told ESPN. Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins. Story soon on ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018
It was Butler’s first practice with the team since requesting a trade three weeks ago.
In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Butler admitted to the reports.
“A lot of it is true,” he said. “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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