Say this to Jimmy Butler: He's probably talking a good game. Oh, he also plays a good game too. The…
Say this to Jimmy Butler: He’s probably talking a good game.
Oh, he also plays a good game too. The four-hour NBA All-Star made its 76th debut Wednesday night and scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shots in a 111-106 loss for Magic in Orlando, Fla. The hosts used a 21-0 second half to release Sixers to 9-7.
But let’s backtrack when Butler tried to try out fans at an introductory news conference with his new team.
“My face is already on the side of buildings everywhere. You are my people,” Butler said. “My expectations are winning. I’m just here to work.”
“You play to win championship, that is why we play. We play to win games. “
These comments came on June 29, 201
7, one week after Tom Thibodeau and Timberwolves acquired Butler and Justin Patton in a draft dayblock with Bulls for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen
Faster until Tuesday – only 17 months later – when Butler met the Philadelphia media after Timberwolves sent him and Patton to 76ers for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a 2022 second round draft. 19659002] “I’m not the most talented guy” but Butler said to Sixers training facility in Camden, NJ “I’m not the best shooter. I’m not the fastest guy. I’m just working hard. I am very proud of it. I love to work. I love to grind. It is not changing now. I’ll pick it up at a time. I think the city will love it. …
“It’s not about the money. I have to love where I am and have a big chance of winning a championship.”
The weekend trade came two months after Butler requested out of Minnesota – although Timberwolves led to his first playoff dock since 2004 last season – Thus ended a story that included an infamous outbreak in which he chastised general manager Butler called the scots when he set out to “rest” and reports of him feuding with young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.  Timberwolve’s return on his investment in Butler: He has an average of 22 points, 5.2 returns and 4.3 assists in 69 regular season games in one plus season and 15.8, 6 and 4 in the five-match, first round’s playoffs to Warriors.
Butler may opt out of his contract after the season and become a freelancer, although reports have shown that he signs a long-term extension with Sixers. On Tuesday, he insisted that he left T & W Wolves on good terms.
“You would not really know who I am if you’re not around me every day,” he said. “For the most part, that’s why I do not worry too much about what everyone says. If you feel if you’re around me, you know my heart. You know how I go about what I’m about.”
” I love my teammates. I do not think there are too many of them who say I’m a bad teammate, but people get what they want to say. That’s what it is, but I think I’m an incredible person and teammate and I’ll show it to the guys who are here. “
Of course, he said the same thing after the bulls traded him.
” I have no bad things to say about somebody in that organization, in that city, “Butler said about his bull support.” They took the chance of a child … who did not know where he belonged to. Now, this new chapter, this new era, looks forward to it. I’m happy here. They embraced me already. I’m ready to move on. And I shake and hug everyone when I enter the (United Center) arena. “
His new team, Sixers, took all stops to welcome his newest star, including tweeting this montage Tuesday:
And here’s what they served at the media collection.
Butler is now paired with another set budding stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but said he was not worried about chemistry.
“I’m really excited to share the ball, move without the ball,” Butler said. “If I need the ball, I’ll steal it, go the other end and put it up. Go get an offensive return. There’s more than one way to get the ball. I like how these guys play, share the ball, screens, glide, everyone the good things. “
Some are not convinced that he will be such a good teammate. The playground Bookmaker.eu actually released the odds Tuesday, of which a Butler was to cry first (yes, you read it correctly). Alternatives:
– Markelle Fultz: 20-1
– T.J. McConnell: 30-1
– Simmons: 80-1
– Embiid: 100-1
– The Field (Any Other teammate): 40-1
– None: 10-1
] Perhaps it is because these oddsmakers remember Butler’s comments from the June 2017 conference in Minnesota when they were asked to join Towns and Wiggins to form a big tree and build a dynasty.
“I’m so happy to be here to represent this city now and I’m looking forward to my future here,” he said. “There are some really good players. I guess I’m just tagging right now, which is cool. I just want to win. Big Three, Big Anyway, let’s get some big winnings. Let’s get into these playoffs and make some noise. That’s all I want to do.
He made lots of noise, it’s safe.
Even the warriors are not immune to drama. The two-hour defending NBA champions on Tuesday suspended Draymond Green a game without paying for to hurt himself for the team one day after he and two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant received a heated argument late in a game against Clippers.  During the last seconds of the regulation on Monday in Los Angeles, Green took a rebound and – Durant who demanded the ball – dribbled instead of the court’s length and traffic and lost control. The fights failed to take a shot, and the Clippers won 121-116 in overtime.
Durant was shown to camera visually upset shortly after the game. The bench is waiting for overtime to start, the two handled words are set and painted by Klay Thompson between them and Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus cousins and others trying to calm the situation.  An ESPN report claimed that the confrontation was over the postgame to the visitors’ locker room at the Staples Center, where several teammates questioned Greens decision to hold the ball. “Green was powerful in his defense by himself, which helped escalate the volume and intensity of space after the game,” said the report.
On Tuesday – without Green and Stephen Curry (ljung) – Durant and Warriors the visiting hawks 110-103. Durant would not get into details of what was said between him and Green who was not at the Oracle Arena for the game after reading his suspension that cost him about $ 120,000.
“I’ll keep it at home, Says Durant.” That’s what we do here. I’m not trying to give any headlines. What happened happened. We try to move on. We’re just trying to play basketball. “
Durant expects to work out with Green saying:” I’m sure it will come, we have a long season ahead. “
” His presence has been a part of this team for a while, even before I came here he had been a big staple in this organization, “says Durant. “Of course, it’s definitely strange not to have him around and everything that went down. But that’s what happens (things) happen in the NBA.”
To note, as Athletic pointed out, Durant will be freelance after the season and if this concern will affect its decision to stay. Klay Thompson will also be a freelance next summer and Green is scheduled to release a free agency next season.
But at the moment Steve Kerr is not worried.
“I think it will be fine” the coach said Tuesday. “We are a team that goes through things, just like everyone else. And things happen, bumps on the road. You have to move on. It’s a part of coaching a team, it’s part of being on a team. You have to come through the adversity and there are some difficult times and you’ll just get through them. “
Kerr reminded of a misunderstanding with Michael Jordan during a 1995 practice when they played for the bulls.
“When you play at a really high level and you are competitive, things happen,” says Kerr. “Every team I’ve ever been on has things happened. … By the way, I kicked MJ’s ass.
It seems that the rocket’s Carmelo Anthony experiment is over after just 10 matches.
According to several reports this week, the rockets are expected to release 10-time All-Star. Anthony, 34, is 19th on the whole scoring list and a lock for the Hall of Fame. But he just did not fit in, a fact enlarged by the slow start of the team.
Average 13.4 points and 5.4 returns 29.3 minutes this season, Anthony has missed the last three games with what the team calls a disease. He signed a year, $ 2.4 million veteran-minimum deal with Rockets, who had hoped he would help them get over Warrior’s bump after their loss in a seven -match Westfinals last season.
Instead, rockets are 6-7 and came in on Wednesday in 12th place in the West. After an average of 112.4 points last season – others in NBA to Warriors – ranked 28th of 30 made Tuesday at 103.2 ppg. But they do not blame Anthony – at least publicly.
“Melo has been good here. It’s like a brother to me, said team mate Chris Paul.
Added coach Mike D “Antoni:” He has been super in what we have asked. Winning, losing, it’s definitely not his fault. “
Make a Twitter search on his name and you quickly finds two handy reputable landing sites for Anthony, if the rocket would cut bands, including Celtics, Lakers, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Sixers. But earlier All-Star Tracy McGrady offered Anthony this advice:
“I honestly believe that Melo will retire, I really do,” says McGrady, an analyst from ESPN. “I do not want him to go through another situation like this and people pour only negativity on this human heritage.”
Warriors at Rockets, 19.00
How unintentionally fits that two of the above-mentioned layers will square. The warfare will be without Curry, who has missed three matches and will be out at least five more with his light damage, but will have Green back. The rockets are only 1-4 at home but have won five out of seven in total after a 1-5 start.
Spurs at Clippers, 9:30
Quick: Who does the no-name Clippers score in points? It would be Tobias Harris at 20.4 points per game. Four other Clippers mean in double numbers, and in a later victory over the guides, a franchise record made nine players at least 10 points. The spurs, meanwhile, lost their game to the little Sun’s 116-96 Wednesday night in Phoenix to drop to 7-6.
Talk about a fantastic finish. With Hawks who led the Lakers with a point late in the game on Sunday night in Los Angeles, LeBron James became fouled and trampled to the line with the chance to get back the lead. Instead, he missed both attempts.
“I’m rubbish,” James said. “I’m sucking from the free throw line right now.”
Kyle Kuzma, however, took the offensive rebound and then missed his shot … but James followed a damp sludge dunk – and did not release the rim for about 10 seconds. (Why he was not sure about a technical foul is a question for another day.)
The Hawks still had 15.3 seconds to respond. But Tyson Chandler, 36, as Lakers signed last week, blocked Traie Young’s attempted attempt to buzz the Lakers 107-106 victory.
Chandler was asked for what James told him during the celebration after blocking but could not remember. James heard the question from the entire storage space.
“I said,” It’s my dog! “James shouted.” It’s my dog! “
The winner was the third straight of the Lakers and put them at 7-6 – the first time they had a winning record of almost two years. And they won their fourth straight Wednesday, defeated Trail Blazers 126-117 behind James, who made 44 and passed Wilt Chamberlain and fifth place on the NBA score by 31,425 points.
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