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Jimmy Butler admits he has a problem with authority, so when Minnesota Timberwolves management informed he had to participate in the now-infamous practice in October, it lit a fuse.
With the All-Star swingman reportedly completely dominating both ends of the floor while having third-stringers as his teammates, he took only one shot.
“The most interesting detail of that whole scrimmage that nobody knows — I only shot the ball once,” Butler said. “I was dominating, but I only shot the ball once. Dimes, boom, boom, boom. Steals, blocks. I only shot the ball one time.”
Like most professional athletes, Butler does like to be told what to do. So being told he had to take part in that practice “lit a fire.”
“We’re literally just talking, and then somebody says: ‘You’re gonna practice,'” Butler told Redick. “Now, first of all, I have a for-real problem with authority. When somebody’s telling me what to do as a grown man, I have a problem with it. So now you done lit the match, but ain’t nothin’ on fire yet. You just lit the match.
“I was like: ‘First of all, you’re not going to tell me what I’m gonna do. If I choose to practice, I’ll choose to practice.’ And I’m like: ‘Nah, I don’t know just yet.’ And then he was like: ‘No, you’re gonna practice.’ Now you’re getting that fire a little too close to me, so I’m like: ‘Let me tell you something, if I’m going to practice, I’ll come off the bench, like I’ll play with this second group if I want to as long as I’m out there in practice.’ Boom.”
Whomever informed Butler he was to practice tried to sway that line of thinking, he said.
“This person goes: ‘No, you’re gonna play with the starters.’ There you go. You did got me now. No I’m not. I’m gonna play with the third-stringers, now what?” Butler said. “I’m telling them I don’t think it’s a good idea to do it, because I know whenever I go in there, I’m trying to basically just prove a point.
I” was on one, there you go. I was on one. All because he lit the match. I would’ve been cool otherwise.”