Minnesota’s confidence as an organization has been a bit shaken by the All-Star NBA guard Jimmy Butler.
Entering into his 7th year in the League, Butler has made a name a hard-nosed, classic, tough, two-way basketball player. His come-up story is incredible.
This year, he seems to have been bitten by the “diva” bug, which can be characterized by starting a dramatic conflict, openly discrediting his current organization, and demanding a trade.
We saw this act recently with Kawhi Leonard. While it turned out excellent for us as Raptors fans, is still stung me as a basketball fan who idolized the Spurs’ model for organizational leadership and success.
Butler is a hard-working player, and nobody can deny his strength and mettle… But is his motivation an individual achievement as THE GUY on a championship team with a max contract?
Regardless, Jimmy Butler does have some merit. Today’s NBA empowered athletes more than ever. All-Stars bring in other great players, and thus revenue for their team. As an All-Star, you usually get your way because of this. Butler is a hard-working player, and nobody can deny his strength and mettle. He seems determined to win. But is his motivation an individual achievement as THE GUY on a championship team with a max contract? Towns and Wiggins both have max contracts….
Or does he simply want to strive with a different pack, one that is more dedicated to working together to achieve mutual goals over individual statistics. His biggest issue was with the heart & dedication to the group cause that our youngsters below have shown so far.
Wiggins & Towns
Do they have “the dog” in them?
It’s a tough question to answer, but this can be sure: Minnesota needs to pull the trigger on something here. Butler has made the signal loud and clear that he wants out. There’s no fixing this situation internally, and it will only continue to reduce everybody’s morale and certainty.
With the development of young stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns, Timerbowolves ownership need to get their young athletes focused on moving forward and winning games. They need to formulate a structure and culture that can propel the team through the later stages of the playoffs, regardless of Butler staying or being replaced. This kind of distraction leaves a stain on the organization as well as these players’ reputations. The quicker that everyone can move on from this, the quicker that all parties involved can learn from the experience and continue to see success.