Jimmy Butler sounds ready for another reunion with Tom Thibodeau.
After playing under the new Knicks coach in Chicago and Minnesota, Butler (who has credited Thibodeau with his development since the final selection of the first round in the five-time All-Star) said he believes the young core of RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson could advance similarly. with the teachings of Thibodeau.
“It’s gonna be okay. He’s going to turn these guys into real players; some superstars, some All-Stars, “Butler said of Thibodeau.” I know he’s stung by that. I know he is getting ready. When you talk about Thibs and the big stage, I think they go hand in hand. ”
After four seasons together in Chicago, during which Butler went from averaging two points per game as a boyfriend to 20 points in 2014-15 – Thibodeau, as coach and president of basketball operations, brought Butler to Minnesota in a 2017 trade. That season, the pair helped produce the Timberwolves ’first playoff in 14 years.
However, Butler’s unhappiness with the team led to a commercial request before the next training camp, which resulted in Thibodeau’s accommodation in the middle of his third season as coach. After landing in Philadelphia, Butler accepted the blame for how the situation unfolded.
“I’m to blame. I’m sure he’ll say he’ll take it too,” Butler said last year. “But as I tell everyone, Thibs is a big part – and you can say he smiles, because it’s the truth – of who I am today as a player. He gave me a chance after not letting me play after the first two years. But then he saw something in me and it took me a while. “
The distance, however, excited Butler’s heart. Last year, Butler also acknowledged the challenge of playing with the famous intense coach, suggesting that the style fits best in college basketball.
“Hell yes, it’s different,” Butler said. “[Butler’s former coach] Buzz Williams, who looks a lot like Thibs in the sense that they’ll make you scream, they’ll make you mom … you, they’ll say it all, that’s how they talk to you. I think in the league you can’t really talk to anyone like that. Do you know what I mean?