Jimmy Butler has been acting like a maniac lately after Tom Thibodeau failed to trade him, and it’s no surprise that Timberwolves are booing him.
Remember not too long ago when the Minnesota Timberwolves made the trade with the Chicago Bulls to acquire Jimmy Butler, and their future looked bright as they added Butler to a young core that included Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins?
Well, things aren’t quite so beautiful in Minnesota right now. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the team’s star player and head coach are now being booed by their home fans. How’s that for chaos?
During the Wolves’ home opener on Friday night, during player introductions, Butler was booed mercilessly by fans at the Target Center, as was head coach Tom Thibodeau. Now, the Wolves did beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and Butler scored 33 points. If that continues, then he will probably be able to win back the fans pretty easily.
But if he’s not consistent and the team doesn’t keep winning games, then it’s unlikely that things will change.
How did things get so bad in Minnesota? Well, it all started when Butler expressed his unhappiness with the Timberwolves by demanding a trade. Any time you do that, you’re going to piss off a few fans. That’s just how sports fans work.
But a trade hasn’t happened, and Butler made the situation even worse when he went on a ridiculous tirade during practice, shouting ruthlessly at players and even yelling at Wolves GM Scott Layden that “you f—ing need me, Scott. You can’t win without me.”
And Thibodeau is taking plenty of heat now as well for failing to trade Butler and extending this situation now into the regular season. But in total fairness, it would be a little crazy if there was another team out there that actually wanted to trade for Butler. After the way he has behaved in recent months, it’s hard to imagine someone else wanting to bring this chaos into their own organization.
Things don’t appear to be getting better for the Timberwolves any time soon, and the fans are going to keep giving Butler the much-deserved hate. But let’s be honest, it’s not like Butler really gives a hoot if the Minnesota fans like him or not. Actually, he probably enjoys being booed, just like a WWE heel.
Get ready for a chaotic season, Wolves fans.