Jimmy Butler Speaks on Timberwolves Practice: 'All My Emotion Came Out at One Time'

Jimmy Butler sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss his future with the Minnesota Timberwolves and his heated team practice.

Jimmy Butler’s already damaged relationship with the Minnesota Timberwolves got even worse on Wednesday following a heated team scrimmage, which included a moment where the four-time All-Star reportedly screamed, “You can’t win without me,” at general manager Scott Layden. In light of these latest developments, Butler has sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss his situation with the organization and the infamous practice session. 

Despite Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor urging the team front office in late September to resolve the Butler situation within the next "several days," the organization has held onto him even as they were on the brink of getting a deal done. With the 2018-19 season set to begin next week, Butler showed up to practice and everything came to a head. 

All-Star Jimmy Butler participated in Minnesota's practice, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office, league sources told ESPN. Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins. Story soon on ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018

At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me." Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless. He dominated the gym in every way. Jimmy's back.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018

Butler doesn't deny that these things happened. 

"All my emotion came out at one time."

Jimmy Butler sat down with @Rachel__Nichols to talk about today's practice and what led to it. See more on SportsCenter at 6 ET and NBA Countdown at 7 ET 📺 pic.twitter.com/znPpDwyW9y

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2018

Butler explains that he singles out guys like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns in practice because he wants to get the best out of players that he believes are better than him.

A lot of Minnesota players left Timberwolves practice today energized by Butler's performance, mesmerized with him taking end-of-the-bench players and running the table on the regulars, sources said. At the end, he marched out like if a mic drop. Butler delivered a tour de force.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018

The boy is broken. 😪 RT @bigbellybeez: Oh dear pic.twitter.com/cZWKVXajsD

— Boul. (@CoryTownes) October 10, 2018
Jimmy Butler talking about Thibs made me laugh pic.twitter.com/Q8BHWdjFQ1

Butler also said that head coach Tom Thibodeau actually likes confrontation. Of course, Butler subtly reminded viewers that Thibodeau coached him over in Chicago.

He has now deleted the post pic.twitter.com/jV3tzDhRYy

— Luol Deng Fan Club (@CPalaceSports) October 10, 2018

When asked about his future with the Wolves, he doesn't think their situation is fixable. 

And it looks like Wolves teammate Jeff Teague can't wait to say goodbye. 

Less than a month ago, Butler demanded that the Timberwolves trade him after meeting with Thibodeau. With one year left on his current contract, Jimmy provided the Wolves with a list of three teams—Clippers, Nets, and Knicks—that he would accept a contract extension, which essentially sweetened the deal for the aforementioned franchises that were reassured he wouldn’t leave at the end of the 2018-19 season. 

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