Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Jimmy Butler, who has pressed the team to trade him, had a message for his teammates ahead of their season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night; Don’t worry about head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“Don’t worry about Thibs. I got him.” Butler said, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “Just hoop, I told them, and I think that I can get Thibs to relax a little bit.”
“He’s never going to say anything about offense as long as you go down there and play with effort on the defensive end and get a couple stops,” Butler continued. “It’s whenever you’re not getting stops when he starts yelling.”
“I think Thibs has calmed down a lot, and guys are playing with effort. It’s never about offense. We’re always going to score enough points. It’s all about getting stops.”
Minnesota struggled during the preseason and Karl-Anthony Towns had a dreadful opening night, but Butler wants his coach to let his guys play, and chill out a bit.
“Thibs didn’t exert as much energy as he always does the past few weeks,h e needs to do that more: Sit down, take the load off and trust your guys to get a W.”
Fred Hoiberg Could Replace Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota
Should the Minnesota Timberwolves part ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau during, or following the season, it is reported that former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg could once again be the man to replace him.
Hoiberg, who replaced Thibodeau in Chicago following his dismissal, is someone that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is fond of, and could target to be the next man at the helm on Minnesota’s sidelines, according to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports.
Ironically, now that Hoiberg has that experience, he might be a candidate to replace Thibodeau again. A league source close to the situation told NBC Sports that Hoiberg could be a candidate to take over in Minnesota where he’d be reunited with owner Glen Taylor.
“Glen loves Fred,” the source told NBC Sports.
Wolves Willing to Trade Jimmy Butler Anywhere But Houston
Per Stein’s report:
The Wolves, in short, want to trade Butler pretty much anywhere but Houston. But if the Rockets’ offer between now and then is indeed the best offer that surfaces, Minnesota would be foolish to just dismiss it.
Had the Rockets included either Eric Gordon or P.J. Tucker along with those four future first-round picks in their most recent offer, we might have already seen a deal. But Houston is clearly trying to make this trade happen without giving up either one of those players.
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell Discusses Altercation with Wolves’ Derrick Rose
When it comes to anyone messing with his teammates, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell isn’t playing around, and he wasn’t going to stand for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose approaching Milos Teodosic after some chippy play during Monday night’s game.
“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll said, according to ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.
“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”
Harell finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and three steals in the victory over Minnesota.
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