Timberwolves Cancel Practice in Wake of Jimmy Butler's Outburst

The Timberwolves aren't practicing on Thursday, even though their coach recently said they need it. In unrelated news, Jimmy Butler is still in Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have turned into the NBA's new reality show, and the public is extremely here for it. However, the Wolves franchise is in lockdown mode after Jimmy Butler re-enacted the quitting scene from Half Baked ("You're cool, coach Thibs."). The next day, to the surprise of few, the Timberwolves canceled practice. 

Timberwolves will not practice today. No media availability. Of course

— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 11, 2018

The All-Star who wants out just caused a scene in practice and then aired his grievances nationally. And the Timberwolves call off practice and have no availability to address it, to downplay it, to say anything at all.

— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 11, 2018

However, Minnesota's coach, Tom Thibodeau, is a notorious worker, spending most nights with the glare of the computer on his face as he exhausts the Synergy servers. On Friday of last week, that hardscrabble persona showed itself when he bemoaned to reporters how the preseason schedule prevented his team from completing the necessary practices to be ready for the season. 

Thibs just lamented on Friday how the preseason schedule had allowed little practice time for a team in desperate need of it. They practiced twice this week in four days.

— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 11, 2018

A canceled practice so close to the first game of the season appears to contradict what the coach said on Friday. What on earth could be the cause of such a sudden cancellation? It's unlikely snow is involved in early October, so we're flummoxed.

The Timberwolves have cancelled practice and media availability today. pic.twitter.com/HHyTQKR9Lf

— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 11, 2018

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