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Trouble Brewing in Philly

Jimmy Butler’s Relationship with Sixers Reportedly Starting to Sour

Here we go again.

When Jimmy Butler bullied his way out of Chicago, the Bulls were looked upon as the problem. After a year in Minnesota, Butler again forced his way out of town and again, it was the Timberwolves organization and its young stars, not Butler, who were at the centre of criticism. Now, reports suggest that Butler is starting to become a real problem in Philadelphia, being called “disrespectful” following a recent team meeting.

How many times does Butler-related drama must repeat itself until we look squarely at Butler and ask – what is really happening here?

A source close to ESPN said that the Sixers new star “has aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense, complicating an already tenuous chemistry among the team’s Big 3 hierarchy.”

The report further stated:

“Butler has been vocal in his contesting of Brown and his system, including a recent film session in Portland that some witnesses considered ‘disrespectful’ and beyond normal player-coach discourse.

Brown has told people within the organization that he had no issues with that exchange and considered it within the confines of the relationship that he’s developed with Butler, sources said.

While a source close to Butler contends that his intense, direct style can come off as combative as he’s trying to make clear his viewpoints, Butler’s sluggish assimilation into the Sixers environment is causing some concern about his long-term viability and fit with the organization, league sources said. Nevertheless, the franchise’s full focus and resources remain on making this new partnership work this season and beyond.”

Butler has only been been with the Sixers for a little over a month after a mid-November trade saw Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Jerryd Bayless moved to Minnesota for the star swingman.

Soon after the trade, both sides seemed very happy with the partnership, but it hasn’t taken much time for things to begin to deteriorate.


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