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Jimmy Butler at It Again

Romana Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski reporting for ESPN:

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jimmy Butler has aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense, complicating an already tenuous chemistry among the team’s Big Three hierarchy, league sources told ESPN.

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.

I hate to say it, but Jimmy Butler may be the next Dwight Howard: a talented player whose very presence causes the implosion of otherwise good teams. Yes, Butler has a lot more skill than Dwight ever had, but it’s a very similar attitude. A “my way or the highway” type of personality that doesn’t work well with others.

In the NBA, that’s all good and fine when you’re winning or when you’ve established a winning reputation, but Jimmy has neither. Right now, he’s nothing more than a child with just a smidge better than average talent who starts drama everywhere he goes.

Somehow I still like him, even with all the problems he caused in Minnesota. Jimmy strikes me as one of those guys that would be a lot more fun to be around if their definition of masculinity were adjusted. I hope someone who truly cares about him can help with that.

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